An Introduction To Tesla’s Autopilot System

Tesla Inc. is owned by renowned entrepreneur and social worker Elon Musk, who is also the brain behind other ventures such as SpaceX and SolarCity. Tesla currently offers three vehicles; the flagship Model S, the Model XSUV and the Model 3, a sedan which is currently in production. All these vehicles come with Tesla’s Autopilot system, which makes the cars semi-autonomous.

How Tesla’s AutoPilot works?

First and foremost, Tesla’s Autopilot is primarily designed for use on highways, with clearly marked lanes. The probability of an accident greatly decreases on highways, as the traffic is relatively minimal when compared with inner city roads and there are no pedestrians.

Anyhow, Tesla’s Autopilot uses different sensors to detect the surroundings of the vehicle. These sensors are placed all around the vehicle and are specifically designed to navigate (steer) the car.

There are eight cameras placed around the car that provide a full 360 degrees’ view of the surroundings up to 250 meters. However, it should be noted that only 4 cameras are fully active. The remaining can be engaged with an add-on (explained later). An ultrasonic sensor further assists these cameras in identifying other objects around the vehicle. The forward cameras have an even better processor, which helps the Autopilot system in seeing through heavy rain, fog and dust.

The current Autopilot is powered by a computer, which is 40 times more powerful than the previous generation model.The Autopilot keeps the driver safe all the time, considering the sensors keep a check on surroundings all the time, something which a human driver can’t do.

Other safety features include ‘Automatic emergency brakes’, which are applied whenever the sensor detects a possible impact and ‘Side collision warning,’ which tells the driver about obstacles alongside the car.

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Full Self Driving Capability

For those consumers who want better experience, Tesla offers Full Self Driving Capability (FSDC), which uses all the 8 cameras in the vehicle. This greatly increases the viewing range of the sensors, thus helps the Autopilot to fully self-drive. Bear in mind, the FSDC enabled cars have the necessary hardware to go full autonomous, however, Tesla does not market this as fully autonomous yet.

Tesla has pioneered many technologies, and its Autopilot feature is one of a kind. Now the electric automaker is venturing into other territories. Recently, it launched its operations in the United Arab Emirates.