IT Home, March 6, 2007. Seth Blake, guitarist of Wagewar, USA, uploaded a video on his Twitter yesterday showing a car owner sleeping in his driving car. Seth Blake said it was a Tesla that was traveling at 75 miles per hour (about 120 kilometers per hour).
In the video, the head of the Tesla car has tilted to the back seat, not to the vehicle. The driver is using Teslas semi-automatic driving assistant system Autopilot, which can control steering, acceleration and braking functions in some cases, but requires the drivers attention and control the vehicle when needed.
In addition to the car owners in the video, some Tesla drivers said they could detach their hands from the steering wheel for a long time when using Autopilots, but Tesla suggested that drivers should always hold the steering wheel and pay attention to road conditions when using this function.
In addition, NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and NTSB (National Traffic Safety Board) have been investigating many Tesla-related accidents since 2017, focusing on Autopilot auxiliary driving technology and lithium battery fire.
In January 2018, a Tesla car crashed into a fire engine after opening Autopilot in California; in May 2018, a Tesla car crashed after opening Autopilot mode in Utah; and in May 2018, a Tesla car accident in Florida killed two teenagers and injured another, but it did not open Autopilot at that time.
On the other hand, Tesla also announced that Autopilots auto-driving capability will be upgraded to a new level this year.
Full Autopilot Capability:
Navigateon Autopilot: Autopilot from the freeway entrance ramp to the exit ramp, including lane change and overtaking.
Automatic Parking: Parallel and Vertical Space.
Call: Parked cars will automatically find you in the parking lot.
Functions to be upgraded later this year:
Identify and respond to traffic lights and stop signs.
Autopilot on city streets.
Price: If you buy with a car, the current Autopilot will be $3,000, and then $4,000 alone. Fully automatic driving bags are purchased with the car for $5,000 and then $7,000 separately.
Source: Editor-in-Charge of IT Home: Wang Fengzhi_NT2541