Tesla Autopilot Overview Updated September 28, 2021

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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 28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

In this new example, a Tesla owner shares a video of Autopilot swerving to avoid a deer at the last second. expand full story

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

Tesla Autopilot Stories June 22, 2020

Tesla has temporarily added a discounted standard Autopilot upgrade option for current owners ahead of the planned Full Self-Driving package price increase. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories June 18, 2020

The auto industry’s shift to electric vehicles and driver-assist technology go hand in hand. Recognizing these combined trends, Ford will use its all-electric Mach-E SUV as the first vehicle with Ford Co-Pilot 360 2.0. The main innovation is the system’s use of a driver-facing camera for enhanced safety.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories June 16, 2020

Tesla is looking to hire Autopilot test drivers in Austin — and both the new positions and the location have interesting implications. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories June 11, 2020

A new video shows Tesla’s latest Autopilot software handling the steering automatically in a full roundabout. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories June 8, 2020

A Tesla owner shared a video of his car on Autopilot avoiding running over a pig in the middle of the road, and Elon Musk commented on the video. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories June 1, 2020

A video of a Tesla Model 3 crashing into a truck on the highway while reportedly being on Autopilot is going viral. Here’s what we know. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories May 4, 2020

Despite all the hype about high levels of vehicle autonomy, drivers always need to keep their hands on the wheel. Audi had planned to be the first automaker to introduce so-called Level 3 autonomy, where you could take your eyes off the road and let the car drive. But the combination of legislative uncertainty and a patchwork approach to the technology led the German automaker to give up self-driving plans for the next A8 due next year.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories May 2, 2020

Tesla achieved a record level of safety with Autopilot with more than 50% improvement during the last quarter, according to its safety report. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories April 24, 2020

Tesla has released a new, highly anticipated Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control feature.

As we reported last month, Tesla has started to push an Autopilot update with the actual ability to handle intersections to some drivers in its “early access fleet,” a group of owners who beta test new software update from Tesla.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories March 30, 2020

Tesla is about to release a new update that will result in its Autopilot, under its Full Self-Driving package, reacting to traffic light and stop signs.

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Tesla Autopilot Stories March 26, 2020

Tesla is preparing to release an update to its Autopilot system that will enable it to automatically stop at traffic lights and a video of the system at work has already been released. expand full story

Tesla Model Y wiring schematics reveal that the electric SUV is equipped with a radar heater to weather-proof Autopilot and its future self-driving capability. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories March 20, 2020

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its final reports on two fatal crashes involving Tesla vehicles on Autopilot.

Tesla takes some criticism from NTSB for the deaths in those two Autopilot crashes, but ultimately, the agency determined that the main causes are unrelated to Tesla. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories March 9, 2020

A Tesla driver claims that Autopilot automatically moved to avoid a head-on collision with a car in the wrong lane on the highway. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories February 25, 2020

Tesla, and even Apple, are receiving some harsh criticism from the NTSB regarding a fatal crash on Autopilot in 2018. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories February 19, 2020

A group of hackers has managed to trick Tesla’s first-generation Autopilot into accelerating from 35 to 85 mph with a modified speed limit sign that humans would be able to read correctly. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories January 16, 2020

Tesla crashes while driving on Autopilot increased a lot quarter-to-quarter, according to Tesla’s own Vehicle Safety Report, but it was to be expected with the tougher driving conditions in the winter and crashes are still less frequent than without Autopilot. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories December 30, 2019

A Tesla Model 3 driver filmed himself crashing on Autopilot and it serves as a good reminder that Tesla drivers need to keep their hands on the wheel on Autopilot at all times. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories December 17, 2019

Tesla is warning Model S and Model X customers in Europe about a new software update that is reducing the capacity of its Autopilot features in order to comply with regulations. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories December 9, 2019

A Tesla Model 3 owner driving on Autopilot crashed into a police vehicle in Connecticut and was given a citation for reckless driving after admitting that he wasn’t paying attention at the moment of the crash. expand full story

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