Tesla reins in Autopilot after ‘fairly crazy’ drivers misuse self-driving tech – CSMonitor.com

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Self-driving cars are here. They’re not just being developed in labs or tested on closed courses – partially autonomous vehicles are cruising down public highways right at this moment, carrying people to and from work. And though the shift from cars driven by humans to cars driving humans has barely begun, it’s gone pretty smoothly so far. During a quarterly financial call on Wednesday, Tesla chief executive officer Elon Musk said his company’s introduction of self-driving features to its Model S electric car has been mostly successful. The self-driving mode, known as Autopilot, was made available to Model S owners via an over-the-air software update last month, and is currently active in about 40,000 vehicles.“We’re very aware of many accidents that were prevented by Autopilot, and not aware of any that were caused by Autopilot,” Mr. Musk told reporters on the call. (A video of one of those prevented accidents went viral last week: Hundreds of thousands of people watched dash cam footage of a Tesla automatically braking when a car veered into its lane near Seattle.)

Source: Tesla reins in Autopilot after ‘fairly crazy’ drivers misuse self-driving tech – CSMonitor.com

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