We can always count on Tesla to provide interesting fodder to keep our interest peaked, whether it’s CEO Elon Musk’s twitter turmoil or technology advancements such as the autopilot system, which we dive into here. In yet another titillating announcement, Tesla has upgraded its autopilot navigation so its cars will be able to change lanes all by themselves.
Before we get into the nitty gritty of this exciting development, what exactly is a self-driving vehicle? For now, there isn’t one that can completely drive itself without you captaining most of the ship. So, what’s the difference between automated and autonomous? We untangle the wild west of terminology here.
Back to Tesla’s announcement, which brings the dream of autonomous driving that much closer to reality. Previously, Tesla’s cars required your approval before making a lane change on the highway, which is where this feature kicks in. With a new software update, the training wheels come off Navigate on Autopilot mode, allowing the car to move lanes without asking permission from Daddy or Mommy (i.e. you). But only if you want to.
Some parents might not be ready to trust their little darling, in which case you can continue to approve the car’s decision before it crosses the street – I mean into the other lane. Head on over to the Autopilot settings menu, where you’ll find three settings: Enable at Start of Every Trip; Require Lane Change Confirmation and Lane Change Notification. Choose based on your level of comfort.
Keep in mind that the software updates are only available on cars equipped with Advanced Autopilot or Full Self-driving features.