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The Autopilot is Tesla’s advanced assisted driving program with features like Autosteer, Autopark, and Trafic-Aware Cruise Control (TACC).

The hardware suite was first introduced in Tesla’s vehicles in September 2014. The company gradually released more and more advanced features through over-the-air software updates until the first meaningful “Autopilot Update” in October 2015 with the release of v.7.0 of Tesla OS.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories September 9

Tesla is forced to change Autopilot features in Germany by the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA).

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Tesla Autopilot Stories August 30

Tesla is facing a new proposed class-action lawsuit over the phantom braking problem that has been plaguing Autopilot for years now.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories August 22

Tesla claims Autopilot is currently preventing about 40 crashes per day just by correcting drivers pressing the wrong pedal, something that has led Tesla to be accused of sudden acceleration in the past.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories August 6

Tesla is in hot water with California DMV over its Autopilot and self-driving claims, which the agency believes are deceptive. The company has two weeks to respond to the inquiry, or it risks temporarily losing its licenses to operate as a vehicle manufacturer and auto dealer in California.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories July 13

Andrej Karpathy, senior director in charge of AI and computer vision at Tesla, announced that he is leaving the automaker. It is a big loss for Tesla’s Autopilot team and self-driving effort.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories July 4

Tesla is bringing its Green Light Chime feature, which previously was only for people with the Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta to most of its cars, helping cut down on road rage at traffic lights.

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Tesla confirmed in a new software update that its vehicles are now scanning for rough roads, like potholes, to help avoid them damaging the vehicles by adjusting the suspension.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories June 24

Tesla has relaunched its Enhanced Autopilot option and pulled almost all the features from its Full Self-Driving (FSD) package in the process.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories June 15

Tesla has topped the list of most crashes on advanced driver-assist (ADAS) features – Autopilot in Tesla’s case – in NHTSA’s first report on “Safety Performance of Advanced Vehicle Technologies.”

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Tesla Autopilot Stories June 9

NHTSA announced today that its investigation into Tesla Autopilot has been upgraded to a step closer to a possible recall.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories May 18

Tesla has started to push a new software update to increase the top speed limit of Autopilot for vehicles with ‘Tesla Vision’ to 85 mph.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories February 21

Reports in Germany state that regulators are investigating Tesla Autopilot’s auto lane change feature, which may be considered illegal in Europe.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories February 17

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirmed that it opened an investigation into Tesla’s ‘phantom braking’ problem under Autopilot.

It’s an issue that owners have complained about for almost a year.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories February 2

After opening strong in pre-market trading, Tesla’s stock (TSLA) fell this morning as more attention is brought to its serious phantom braking issue on Autopilot.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories January 25

Tesla has started pushing a new software update that enables Autopilot to better use regenerative braking. It should result in higher efficiency and a smoother experience in stop-and-go traffic, where Autopilot is really useful.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories January 18

A Tesla driver has been charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter after running a red light on Autopilot – this is likely the first time that a driver is charged with a felony for something that happened while using semi-autonomous driving features available to customers.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories January 15

Tesla has released its latest Autopilot safety report, and it shows some improvements despite the limited data making things hard to analyze.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories December 14, 2021

Young adults on social media put a dog in the driver’s seat of a Tesla Model X on Autopilot, putting the animal and everyone else on the road in danger, in an attempt to go viral.

The case could be considered animal abuse on top of a serious traffic violation.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories November 15, 2021

Tesla is seeing an increase in complaints over serious and dangerous phantom braking events plaguing Autopilot in the latest software updates.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories October 21, 2021

Tesla Autopilot has been vindicated by its event data recorder in a highly publicized fatal crash that was reported as having “no one at the wheel.”

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Tesla Autopilot Stories September 28, 2021

Tesla is named as a defendant in a lawsuit by five police officers who suffered injuries after a Model X on Autopilot crashed into them during a traffic stop.

While Autopilot is being blamed, the officers are also suing a restaurant that reportedly overserved the driver.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories September 22, 2021

Tesla says that it has updated its Autopilot software to slow down when it detects the lights of emergency vehicles at night.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories September 13, 2021

A new study based on MIT Advanced Vehicle Technology data found that Tesla Autopilot results in a noticeable decrease in driver attention when activated.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories August 30, 2021

A Tesla vehicle on Autopilot has crashed into a police car stopped on the highway just as the automaker is being investigated for similar crashes.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories August 2, 2021

A Tesla driver in Norway decided to get behind the wheel of his Model S while intoxicated and visibly fell asleep during the drive while Autopilot was activated.

The driver-assist system managed to safely bring the electric vehicle to a stop.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories April 7, 2021

Tesla Cybertruck has yet to enter production, but the electric pickup is already inspiring people to create accessories, and a new ambitious one, Cyberlandr, is trying to create the ultimate camper.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories March 26, 2021

An underage teen who was driving a Tesla without a driver’s license or the owner’s permission got creative when the car was stopped by the police: She decided to jump in the back seat and claim the Tesla was self-driving.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories March 23, 2021

Consumer Reports is out with a new report about concerns regarding Tesla’s use of its driver-facing camera, and they raised an interesting question: If Tesla can determine that drivers aren’t paying attention, shouldn’t it warn drivers in that moment, like most driver monitoring systems?

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Tesla Autopilot Stories February 8, 2021

Tesla is looking to hire a team of data labelers to feed images to help train its Autopilot neural nets at Gigafactory New York in Buffalo.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories February 5, 2021

Tesla has reintroduced the Enhanced Autopilot packaged in Europe and China with some features that were in the more expensive Full Self-Driving package.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories January 27, 2021

Tesla had “preliminary” discussions with other automakers about licensing its self-driving software, according to new comments by CEO Elon Musk.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories January 20, 2021

A TikTok star used Tesla Autopilot in an illegal way and posted video evidence of it – showing the dangerous normalizing of abusing the feature.

To top it off, the young man’s mother was helping him film the whole thing.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories January 19, 2021

We are just a couple weeks removed from Tesla’s “lit” holiday update (2020.48.26) and now have further improvements to share. This past week, certain Tesla drivers began to report a new software update available for download. While these two updates are mostly bug fixes, there are some 2020.48.35 Tesla release notes to share to keep you informed. Let’s break it all down below.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories January 14, 2021

Tesla claims that a driver is “7x less likely to be involved in an accident” with Autopilot enabled.

The data is not that clear, but it shows improvements in a new Autopilot safety report from Tesla.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories December 15, 2020

A Tesla hacker has unlocked “Autopilot Augmented Vision,” a new mode in Tesla’s autonomous driving suite, that enables to see what Autopilot can detect in real time.

It’s awesome to watch.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories October 28, 2020

Consumer Reports released a report based on a test of 17 driver-assist system and Tesla Autopilot came in second to GM’s Super Cruise due to the lack of driver monitoring in the former. The result is similar to their 2018 driver assist rankings.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories October 26, 2020

Tesla has released its latest ‘Vehicle Safety Report’, which looks into the different accident rates per mile of its vehicles on and off Autopilot.

The latest data shows a slight improvement.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories October 1, 2020

In a new Euro NCAP report, Tesla Autopilot gets top marks for its performance, but it gets also trashed for its driver engagement.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories September 19, 2020

Tesla has reintroduced the “Enhanced Autopilot” option — offering a cheaper alternative to the “Full Self-Driving” package for existing owners.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories September 17, 2020

A Tesla driver was caught sleeping on Autopilot with their seat “fully reclined” at high speed, according to police who criminally charged the driver.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories September 15, 2020

Tesla has started pushing a new software update enabling Autopilot to stay in the passing lane instead of moving back to the right lane like you normally should.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories September 2, 2020

A Tesla owner shared a video of what appears to be Tesla Autopilot helping avoid a truck out-of-control in the right lane.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories August 26, 2020

A Tesla driver in North Carolina admitted to watching a movie on his phone while using Autopilot during a crash with a police vehicle.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories July 31, 2020

Tesla has released its Q2 2020 safety report showing a strong year-over-year improvement in Autopilot accidents, but a small regression quarter-over-quarter.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories July 14, 2020

Tesla lost a case in a German court today over how the company advertises its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving, which the court judged “misleading.” expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories July 1, 2020

We are starting to see an increasing number of reports from Tesla owners about Autopilot doing some really aggressive maneuvers to avoid crashes.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories June 25, 2020

Burger King figured out that Tesla Autopilot’s new “Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control” feature can confuse Burger King signs for stop signs and they quickly turned it into an ad campaign. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot is now knowingly able to drive through green lights, and some owners are starting to test it out. expand full story

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