Autopilot for Tesla is Here But Human Supervision is Still a Must


Tesla's new Autopilot feature is one of the best features they can offer but Tesla reminded that the car still needs human attention / Photo by: mark.warren via Wikimedia Commons


Electric cars and self-driving technology are so far the most predominant goals that have been consistently sought after by carmakers as of late, but even then, cars like Tesla with their improved autopilot technology will still need human attention.

For instance, as explained by CNN, self-driving technology is already very impressive. When writer Peter Valdes-Dapena shared his experience while driving the car, he noticed that the car had improved enough that it needed little human intervention.

During his test run of the model, the car had impressively followed the programmed course, changing lanes and “driving along exit and entrance ramps” without prompt. It managed this enough that the driver behind the wheel didn’t have to do as much anymore, especially since the car was also equipped with the technology to even drive through interchanges to make sure its route was followed.

So does that mean we can just leave the car alone? Not exactly.

For one thing, settings still dominate this main feature. This means that the system communicates with the driver, in a way, depending on whether the driver wants it to or not. That is because there are still settings to consider here. If you set your car to change lanes unaided, it will do that, if you want to let the autopilot switch lanes on its own when one lane is much slower, it will do that, but when you set it not to, it won’t.

Since autopilot technology is still in its relative infancy, alerts in the Model 3 are also the order of business, alerting the driver still behind the wheel with a variety of vibrations and sounds that accompany each one of its road decisions.

As Valdes-Dapena pointed out, though, and what most people might still think about are probably those who might “over-trust and abuse” the technology, turning it into a possible risk for people on the road.