The current iterations of Teslas Navigate on Autopilot hint that the companys plans for a Full-Self Driving Robotaxi future may not be that far away. As Model 3 owner and YouTube channel host Cf Tesla shows, Autopilot doesnt have a lot of trouble driving any cars Autopilot feature (with both front and back cameras, of course), and it will probably be able to figure out how to handle some of the more complex parking functions as well. And it’ll be able to do so, Tesla says, without the guidance of its computer’s sensors. But as with any advanced system, Autopilot requires constant monitoring and adjustment from the driver, and Autosteer does the same.As an example: A few months ago, Model S cars started seeing a bit of the dreaded “Parking Brake” message on the dashboard, but with a bit of a delay. Now, with the full autopilot hardware in place, the message will appear right away, rather than being delayed by the first few braking efforts. The car never actually stalls, even if the wheels are completely stuck, while both the car and the driver keep their eyes wide open.A few different issues were likely responsible for the delay, according to Tesla. The first one, however, is the new generation of Autopilot-enabled Model S they are much faster. Tesla says the new generation doesn’t want to crash, but it needs to be able to “accelerate away from a stopped object to complete a stop maneuver.” More advanced Autopilot features are usually slow, but the new generation will, according to Tesla, be faster while also having more “intelligent” functionality.
Tesla didn?t say whether it can?t make the Autopilot car more accurate, but the company pointed toward its data collection and it is always careful to note, on its Web site and in its promotional materials, that Tesla does not sell Autopilot information, just that the car can automatically recognize itself and other vehicles in the parking lot on its own.
So, the car will know what parking spaces it needs and will know what you need. Right now, it doesn?t know what you are doing or who you are, so it will know which parking spaces were occupied when you stopped there. From what I can tell though, the only other information it is gathering is what a Tesla vehicle appears to want to see while parked, on the road or in a parking garage. And it doesn?t want to reveal it.
Tesla says on its Web site that?s “automation is completely self-sensing.” It doesn?t have to go out and ask drivers to take out their phones, and I would venture to say that not all Tesla customers are using the device every day, meaning the company doesn?t have a clear way to prove how automated that system really is.
But by the same token, Tesla shouldn?t have to release any more test results to prove that the cars being sold to the public? aren’t fully autonomous when it comes to parking and parking.