car that drives itself

car that drives itself

Car That Drives Itself

In Brief Tesla’s autonomous vehicle drives itself across town and finds its own parking spot, demonstrating that it even knows not to park in spots reserved for the disabled. The video illustrates how close we are to an age of driverless transportation and further confirms that Tesla is ahead of the curve in that industry. If you follow the infamous Elon Musk on Twitter, you’ll have seen the hints he’s been dropping about Tesla’s new fully autonomous self-driving cars. Yesterday, he announced that all of the Tesla cars in production will be fully capable of self-driving, and today, the electric vehicle market leader shared a video demonstration of its technological prowess. In the video, we can watch a fully autonomous Tesla drive around town (a human is in the driver’s seat but only to abide by government regulation — he never touches the wheel). The vehicle’s enhanced autopilot is probably smarter than some human drivers; in the video, it was able to drive around to find a parking spot and was courteous enough to drive past a spot for disabled drivers. Tesla’s self-driving cars are equipped with multiple cameras and sensors that offer long-range, 360-degree visibility. The company’s site claims that the car has superior navigating skills, knows which lane you’re supposed to be in, can switch to faster lanes in traffic, and can even be summoned by a phone app to drive back to you no matter where you are. Self-driving vehicles are expected to revolutionize road safety and transportation, and as Tesla and other car makers keep advancing their autonomous vehicle technology, we move closer to that future when humans are behind the wheel, but the cars are doing the driving. References: The Verge – Tech, Tesla Written By Author Jess Vilvestre October 20, 2016 Editor Kristin Houser Website October 20, 2016 Share This Tweet This Email This
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Car That Drives Itself

In Brief Tesla’s autonomous vehicle drives itself across town and finds its own parking spot, demonstrating that it even knows not to park in spots reserved for the disabled. The video illustrates how close we are to an age of driverless transportation and further confirms that Tesla is ahead of the curve in that industry. If you follow the infamous Elon Musk on Twitter, you’ll have seen the hints he’s been dropping about Tesla’s new fully autonomous self-driving cars. Yesterday, he announced that all of the Tesla cars in production will be fully capable of self-driving, and today, the electric vehicle market leader shared a video demonstration of its technological prowess. In the video, we can watch a fully autonomous Tesla drive around town (a human is in the driver’s seat but only to abide by government regulation — he never touches the wheel). The vehicle’s enhanced autopilot is probably smarter than some human drivers; in the video, it was able to drive around to find a parking spot and was courteous enough to drive past a spot for disabled drivers. Tesla’s self-driving cars are equipped with multiple cameras and sensors that offer long-range, 360-degree visibility. The company’s site claims that the car has superior navigating skills, knows which lane you’re supposed to be in, can switch to faster lanes in traffic, and can even be summoned by a phone app to drive back to you no matter where you are. Self-driving vehicles are expected to revolutionize road safety and transportation, and as Tesla and other car makers keep advancing their autonomous vehicle technology, we move closer to that future when humans are behind the wheel, but the cars are doing the driving.
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Car That Drives Itself

Car and Driver recently discovered how Tesla Motors’ (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S steers itself on a challenging 50-mile course including freeway, rural, and city driving, dubbing the car the “clear winner” among the world’s top semi-autonomous capable production vehicles. But I wanted to see how Model S handles itself solely on the highway. After all, this is what Tesla’s Autopilot was built for, and it’s this environment in which drivers will likely be more willing to actually turn the feature on. So, I hopped in a Model S to see how far I could make it on the highway without taking control.
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Car That Drives Itself

The technology is powerful and unprecedented stuff, but it’ll demand we learn a whole different way of driving. That means a lot of new phrases and weird-looking buttons. The car shooting blocks out its tail? That’s for setting the distance you want to stop before the next car, from long and breezy to white-knuckle close. The icon of the car with the really bad parking job? That’s for turning on the system that alerts you when the car is drifting out of its lane.
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Car That Drives Itself

Using a smartphone app or special in-car login, the parent can track how far the teen drove, the maximum speed the car reached, and how many times the car roared over the speed limit or triggered the automatic brakes. My teen “report card,” after 50 miles, said the car hit the anti-lock brakes once and sounded the “forward collision alert” twice. As if parents don’t have enough to stress about already!
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Car That Drives Itself

Later this week, the first of those features will hit Tesla’s fleet — but we’ve already taken them for a spin. We went hands-on (hands-off?) with a pre-release version of the autopilot software, letting the car steer itself down the highway at 70 miles per hour.
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Car That Drives Itself

But getting the chance to let the car drive itself during a long commute? It feels wonderful, like handing over a hunk of drudgework for the computer to control. These cars may not be first-class rides, but that peace of mind is a luxury all its own.
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Car That Drives Itself

If you follow the infamous Elon Musk on Twitter, you’ll have seen the hints he’s been dropping about Tesla’s new fully autonomous self-driving cars. Yesterday, he announced that all of the Tesla cars in production will be fully capable of self-driving, and today, the electric vehicle market leader shared a video demonstration of its technological prowess. In the video, we can watch a fully autonomous Tesla drive around town (a human is in the driver’s seat but only to abide by government regulation — he never touches the wheel). The vehicle’s enhanced autopilot is probably smarter than some human drivers; in the video, it was able to drive around to find a parking spot and was courteous enough to drive past a spot for disabled drivers. Tesla’s self-driving cars are equipped with multiple cameras and sensors that offer long-range, 360-degree visibility. The company’s site claims that the car has superior navigating skills, knows which lane you’re supposed to be in, can switch to faster lanes in traffic, and can even be summoned by a phone app to drive back to you no matter where you are. Self-driving vehicles are expected to revolutionize road safety and transportation, and as Tesla and other car makers keep advancing their autonomous vehicle technology, we move closer to that future when humans are behind the wheel, but the cars are doing the driving.
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But here’s where it gets finicky. When a car ahead of you moves out of the way, how fast is too fast for your own car to speed up? The Civic seemed to accelerate a little too slowly for my tastes — but any faster, perhaps, and another driver might feel unnerved. There’s no one-size-fits-all.
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This odd dance of trust and machines is never more unnerving than with their “lane-keeping assist systems,” a suite of cameras aimed at the roads’ lane dividers that keep the cars centered and steer into curves. It’s beautiful when it works — and ugly when it doesn’t, because you don’t know the car has lost the scent until it starts to swerve outside the lane. The systems are only as good as the streets they drive on, so roads with faint line dividers, lots of potholes or baffling merges can confuse the car into uselessness.
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There were times when the system tripped up, but it did so gracefully. At no point during our test did it feel like the car was doing anything unsafe, nor did I ever feel like I couldn’t immediately retake control. A few times, though, things that I was expecting to happen just… didn’t. I’d tell the car to switch lanes; instead, it just stayed its course, keeping me perfectly in the lane I was already in.
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Of course, there’s lot of great reminders you’d otherwise miss with a dumb car. The Civic’s side cameras turn on when you put on your blinker, letting you see out either side: Wonderful stuff. And when the car hits the brakes before you even see the traffic up ahead grind to a halt? You start to forgive all the shrieks.
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Tesla’s self-driving cars are equipped with multiple cameras and sensors that offer long-range, 360-degree visibility. The company’s site claims that the car has superior navigating skills, knows which lane you’re supposed to be in, can switch to faster lanes in traffic, and can even be summoned by a phone app to drive back to you no matter where you are.

Published on Mar 28, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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