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Reviews Tesla Autopilot Update Warns Drivers Sooner to Keep Hands on Wheel

17:00  13 june  2018
17:00  13 june  2018 Source:   consumerreports.org

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“ Tesla instructs drivers to keep hands on the wheel while driving every time the AutoPilot is activated, but allowing long intervals of hands -free The updated Autopilot on CR’s Model 3 gave our drivers with hands off the wheel a visible warning at 30 seconds (they were traveling at 65 mph

Tesla is pushing a new update to its Autopilot cruise control system that “nags” drivers every 15 to 20 seconds if their hands are off the wheel , according to Tesla owners. The update also adds some performance improvements and bug fixes to the Autopilot system, but the addition of frequent nags is

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Tesla delivered an over-the-air update to its Autopilot driver-assist system over the weekend that warns drivers quicker with visual and audible alerts to put their hands back on the steering wheel.

The update also delivers warnings that are speed-sensitive, the automaker says, with alerts coming quicker if the car is moving faster.

Tesla declined to give details about how much faster the warnings were delivered as a result of the update. "We continuously update our vehicles based on data to provide the best and safest experience for drivers," a Tesla spokewoman said.

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The new Autopilot software update that Tesla started to roll out last week features some improvements in performance as promised by CEO Elon Musk. But now, owners are also finding out that Tesla significantly increased the “nag” to force drivers to keep their hands on the wheel .

Tesla vehicles are about to start warning drivers more often: Keep your hands on the wheel , even if Autopilot is activated. The electric car startup sent an update to its Autopilot software last weekend. Tesla 's Autopilot feature is not fully autonomous. It only handles some functions, such as helping to

This Autopilot update follows several recent crashes—including a fatal one—that occured while the driver-assist system was activated. Tesla, looking at its information drawn from computer logs from the cars involved, can tell whether the driver assist system was activated and for how long drivers are interacting with the steering wheel before an incident.

Consumer Reports' Model 3 received its over-the-air Autopilot update over the weekend, and CR testers found it to be an incremental improvement, says Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports.

“Earlier warnings to keep hands on the wheel is a step in the right direction,” Fisher said. “Tesla instructs drivers to keep hands on the wheel while driving every time the AutoPilot is activated, but allowing long intervals of hands-free driving is a mixed message that invites misuse."

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I've driven several Tesla vehicles on Autopilot and feel strongly that drivers should never take their hands off the steering wheel . Tesla asserts that Autopilot reduces fatalities from potential crashes, but for now, allowing the vehicles to operate in a hands -free mode is too dangerous.

Tesla 's Autopilot semi-autonomous car tech has been implicated in numerous crashes lately, and Many have taken to Twitter to state that their patience with the constant " keep your hands on the wheel " I now need to white knuckle death grip the wheel to keep away the nags. Don’t need to keep my That said, Musk claims Tesla will soon be rolling out yet another update designed to help users

Driver attention still the issue

Autopilot is a collection of driver-assist features that includes adaptive cruise control and lane-centering, among other technologies. The automaker warns drivers in its owners manual that Autopilot is not a self-driving system, and that drivers need to remain engaged and aware while using it. The system is available on all of the models it currently sells: the Tesla Model S and Model 3 cars and the Model X SUV.

The updated Autopilot on CR’s Model 3 gave our drivers with hands off the wheel a visible warning at 30 seconds (they were traveling at 65 mph on a nearby restricted-access highway), an audible warning at 45 seconds, and it turned off Autopilot at 60 seconds, locking our drivers out of using the system again until they turned off the car.

This new timing from the update puts Tesla more in line with other vehicles with advanced driver-assist systems that CR has tested, Fisher said.

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An update to Elon Musk's Tesla autopilot feature was rolled out on June 9 and the drivers have taken notice that it is frequently reminding them to keep their hand on the wheel . Latest update should have a positive effect on latter issue especially.

In light of recent crashes where Tesla said drivers didn't pay sufficient attention while on Autopilot , it's rolling out updates to address the problem. Tesla already had a fairly rigorous Autopilot warning system, implemented in 2016 after investigators found that a driver 's hands were off the wheel for

But Fisher pointed out that Autopilot still does not address the issue of inattentive drivers fooling the system by simply tugging the steering wheel for a moment to turn alerts off and avoid a shutdown.

Cadillac's Super Cruise system, for example, which is another suite of driver-assist technologies, uses cameras to monitor where the driver is looking, and will issue warnings based on that information.

Drivers using Super Cruise can keep their hands off the wheel for extended periods, but they also must pay attention to the road. The system only works on pre-mapped, restricted-access highways.

In Teslas with Autopilot, drivers don't face those restrictions.

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In the fatal March crash of a Model X SUV on a freeway in Mountain View, Calif., 38-year-old Walter Huang engaged Autopilot several times during his trip, and it was still engaged when the SUV crashed into a freeway median, according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released last week.

Autopilot was on for roughly the final 19 minutes before the crash, the report said. In that time, “the vehicle provided two visual alerts and one auditory alert for the driver to place his hands on the steering wheel. These alerts were made more than 15 minutes prior to the crash,” the NTSB report said.

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An update to Tesla 's Autopilot software earlier this month has caused headaches for drivers of its Drivers should keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road – because Autopilot isn't an This happened twice 45 minutes apart in similar conditions. Other Tesla drivers soon chimed in with

Tesla is pushing a new update to its Autopilot cruise control system that "nags" drivers every 15 to 20 seconds if their hands are off the wheel , according to Tesla owners. The update also adds some performance improvements and bug fixes to the Autopilot system, but the addition of frequent.

David Friedman, director of cars and product policy and analysis for Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports, says it's unclear if the new Autopilot update would have prevented that Model X crash.

“It is not clear that this change would have altered the outcome of recent high-profile Tesla crashes," he said. That's because, at 60 mph, a car could travel a half-mile in the 30 seconds before the Tesla would flash a warning, he said.

In the Mountain View crash, Huang’s hands were off the wheel for the last six seconds before impact, the NTSB said. “Even if alerted, given what research has found, it can take drivers several seconds to retake control and safely deal with a situation,” Friedman said. “Drivers have to not just see what’s coming but also understand it, and react to it.”

Tesla’s update comes after repeated calls from Consumer Reports for the car company to improve the safety of the Autopilot system.

The automaker says that more changes are coming to Autopilot. Over the weekend, CEO Elon Musk promised on Twitter that, with an update scheduled in August, “we will begin to enable full self-driving features.” After CR reached out to the automaker, a Tesla spokeswoman declined to specify what those features are or a timeline for when they would roll out.

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Tesla Autopilot Update Warns Drivers Sooner to Keep Hands on Wheel . What We've Learned From Tesla Autopilot and Self- Driving -System Crashes. The company says that Autopilot Buddy is not intended to be a hands -off device. “Your hands must remain on the wheel as directed by Tesla ’s

Just got my 8.1 update and loving the autopilot on the highway, especially when trying to eat on the go. My question is what is the software looking for as far as " hands on wheel "? Is it live every 60 Tesla requests active drivers to keep engaged in the driving process and keep at least one hand

That news concerns Friedman. “Given Tesla's track record so far, this news should raise more alarm bells than excitement,” he said. “Tesla should provide detailed test data and get the safety of these new features evaluated by an independent third party before rushing it out across tens, and perhaps hundreds, of thousands of cars across the U.S. and the world.”   

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