Tesla had recently its future update allowing the autopilot to stop the vehicle at the onset of lights or a stop sign. This update is now operational in the United States, where she began to be deployed.
Based on a technology called the FSD, feature flagship Tesla, the Autopilot has been the subject of an update to move autonomously in urban environments, by detecting the signal lights and the stop signs.
We knew the capacity of the automatic pilot of these vehicles to manage driving on the major roads such as motorways, in particular by taking the decision to maintain the safety distances. But driving in urban areas is a challenge much more complex to address.
With this update, the vehicle is capable through the cross-fertilisation of information collected through the use of cameras and GPS data to identify a stop sign or traffic lights. It will then begin to initiate a slowdown until the complete stop. This system will also detect the traffic lights out of use, or intersections that are not accompanied by panel, by querying the driver about the choice to make. Once stopped, it will be the latter to take the decision to restart the vehicle in order to start afresh.
But this technology is not able to recognize all the signs and the user must in all cases remain attentive, with the hands on the wheel ready to take over the control instead of the software.
A step impressive, but intermediate
This update, although impressive, especially for driving in urban areas, appears to be an intermediate step in the development of the automatic pilot. The result for term would be to have vehicles completely autonomous.
After the first users of the beta version, the auto-pilot is not yet able to handle the roundabouts and intersections where it is necessary to cut the track.
A beta version of the update was first received to a restricted circle of users, in order to be able to test it. It will now be deployed on the fleet Tesla in a broader way, but only in the United States for the moment. It will have to wait several months for it to be available in other countries, including France.