New Tesla feature slows for red and green lights2020-04-29 18:28 by Daniela
Tags: Tesla, Autopilot
Tesla has rolled out a software update to some of its newest cars that will allow them to see and respond to traffic lights and stop signs, a feature that CEO Elon Musk has teased for years.
The feature began rolling out to some drivers in the Tesla early access fleet last month. The early access fleet is a group of owners who Beta test software for Tesla. The feature is now coming to the wider Tesla fleet in the United States as part of the 2020.12.6 software update. The release notes for the new functionality say that the Traffic Light and Sign Control Feature Is Designed to Recognize and Respond to Traffic Lights and Stop Signs, Slowing Your Car to a Stop When Using Traffic-Aware Cruise Control or Autosteer.
Tesla also stresses that the Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control feature is in "beta," and that it "may be conservative and slowdown often at first." Тhe feature is expected to improve over time thanks to Tesla's implementation of machine learning—its neural network.
The update of the electric car company's cruise control and auto-steer systems is a step toward CEO Elon Musk's pledge to convert cars to fully self-driving vehicles later this year.
But it also runs contrary to recommendations from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board that include limiting where Tesla's Autopilot driving system can operate because it has failed to spot and react to hazards in at least three fatal crashes.
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