We now live in a time where it’s not uncommon to see electric cars or even self-driving cars. We’re in the future, folks! There have been a lot people talking about autopilot systems that available in some cars and we’ve often found ourselves wondering if they really work, and if so how well. Tesla has been the frontrunner on many of these new automotive technologies with its all-electric powertrain, autopilot system, and even protection against a biological weapon thanks to its high-powered air filter. The self-driving thing, however, is what really the most interesting for multiple reasons. First and foremost, we really don’t want it to be that good because we’re obviously hardcore gearheads that absolutely love to drive. But there are many people who don’t feel the same way and it’s those people that this autopilot system is really built for.
According to some reports, Tesla’s autopilot system is one of the most sophisticated in the world. Just a few months back Tesla released a software update that was supposed to drastically improve the new radar processing technology. This was said to allow the Tesla to process information not only about the car directly in front of you but the next car in front of them as well. It does this by bouncing the radar underneath and around the vehicles in front of you in order to “see” what could potentially happen next.
Even with all the technological advances available to us today, this still seems a bit far-fetched, doesn’t it? N only can the Tesla models drive themselves but now they can apparently see things even the human eye can’t see. As mentioned before, we love to drive, it’s one of our main passions in life. So we don’t want this autopilot technology to get too advanced because if it gets too good they might try and remove the human driver element altogether. How depressing would that be to own your dream car and not even be able to drive it legally on the roads?
With that being said, we do need to give credit where credit is due. As ridiculous as this new radar technology might seem, it actually works. This is one of those things that you don’t really believe until you see an example of it with your own eyes. Prior to seeing this video, I did have an immense doubt regarding this whole thing. But I stand corrected.
The video below is shot from a dash cam mounted on a Tesla Model X as this happy couple drives along on their normal route. All seems to be normal until suddenly you hear the car making a unique beeping sound, which is apparently an early warning that something is about to happen. Merely seconds after the car starts beeping, the red car in front starts to change lanes and WHAM, it runs into the SUV in front of it and a fairly serious accident takes place that almost certainly would’ve involved the Tesla had it not been for the early warning system. Granted we don’t know what the actual autopilot system did in this situation, we assume it slowed the car until the driver regains control of the car, but even still, that early warning made all the difference in the world.
This might be the best example of this technology working that we’ve ever seen before, and truth be told it single-handedly got me thinking a little more about this subject. If they could make it where you still had the option of taking the wheel if your heart desired, that might not be such a bad thing. But again that could be a slippery slope so I’m hesitant to completely jump on board.