Sunday, May 1, 2016
Tesla's autopilot is saving lives
Recently at a talk in Norway, Tesla's CEO Elon Musk stated that "The probability of having an accident is 50% lower if you have autopilot on". Now it is simple to understand why autopilot would be safer and that is without humans you do not have human error. Tesla's Autopilot, even in its early from, still helps keep drivers safe from their own mistakes. In autopilot mode if a driver wants to switch lanes the car will not let them if there is another vehicle in the opposite lane. I do not have enough fingers to count the amount of times when someone has almost crashed in to me when they are switching lanes and forget to check their blind spots. Another thing about the autopilot is that it will always maintain a safe following distance, which means that if someone suddenly decides to slam on their brakes the system will apply the breaks before the driver even realizes what is going on. It will be interesting to see how far Tesla's autopilot technology can go and it will certainly be good to see how many crashes it has prevented.