When Will People Learn Tesla’s Autopilot Is Not A Personal Chauffeur?
This is yet another story of someone thinking that Tesla’s autopilot feature allows them to do whatever they want behind the wheel – except drive or pay attention to the road.
People. Autopilot is not a fully-autonomous system. So that means yes, you still have to be conscious and aware of what’s happening on the road when you’re driving. Tesla even tells you before driving the vehicle:
“Before enabling Autopilot, the driver first needs to agree to “keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times” and to always “maintain control and responsibility for your vehicle”. Subsequently, every time the driver engages Autopilot, they are shown a visual reminder to “keep your hands on the wheel”…
Autopilot is intended for use with a fully attentive driver who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any time.”
So for all you Tesla owners out there, please be advised that yes, you have a feature that is cool and tech-savvy and can help you stay safe. But it does NOT mean you don’t have to drive your own car!