Self-driving cars are expected to facilitate the life of a lot of people with disabilities, like the visually impaired, but also some elderly people who often face restrictions when driving after a certain age.
Of course, it will require a period of adaptation as evidenced by this 70 years old woman’s first experience with the Tesla Autopilot caught on video.
Tesla Model S owner William Rimmer posted a video of his 70 years old mother trying the Tesla Autopilot for the first time.
As you’ll see, her reaction is a bit problematic though I don’t think Rimmer was fair. He should have told her to keep her hands on the steering wheel, as it is recommended. It’s not only safer, but it also increases the level of comfort when surrendering the controls to the Autopilot.
Although the system drives the vehicle as long as you don’t apply torque on steering wheel, having your hands on it can give you the impression that you are still in control, which ultimately you are since you can override the Autopilot at all time.
Here’s the video (low quality warning: 240p):
Mom mom is 70 years old this is her reaction to letting my Model S Autopilot on a 2 lane highway.
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