Is Tesla's self driving mode safe?

Tesla's have been engineered to be the safest cars in the world. They believe that technology will improve safety. The Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y have all been tested by the U.S. government's New Car Assesment program and achieved the lowest overall possibility of injury of amoung all the other cars that they have tested. 

The question is... Are they really that safe?

They have advanced sensor coverage that has 360 degrees of visibility and up to 270 meters of range. The autopilot mode in tesla vehichles allows the car to steer, brake, and accelerate within its lane. Independent to the car, the tesla allows its own updates and advancements to provide new features over time. With navigation, the tesla will suggest lane changes to get around slow cars or trucks. With the advanced cameras and sensors, the autopilot is able to navigate through windy roads with just driver supervision, not intervention. All of this is designed to be the safest it can be, though all drivers should stay alert and ready to take control. Multiple warnings over anything that is possibly occuring pops up on the screen to inform the driver, such as front and side collision warnings. All of these advanced opportunites are available with responsible drivers and many safety precatutions such as staying alert at all times behind the wheel.

In my opinion, the self-driving mode that each tesla model offers is something that can be loved or hated. It is definitely something to get used to but I think that as time goes on, they will get more and more advanced and safe. From personal experience, it does know what it is doing, there is hardly ever a need for complete override on the drivers' part. I think that while it is still developing completely, it has a great start.


Do you think Tesla's autopilot driving mode is safe?

Would you ride in a self-driving Tesla?

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  • Super job and congrats on being #1 thius week!

  • I think the Tesla autopilot is sorta safe. I mean I wouldn't trust it, but I do know that there are others that do trust it. I don't think I would ride in a self-driving tesla, that's just the way i feel and I know that others feel differently. 

  • I think that tesla autopilot is pretty safe, and if they were not safe, and didn't pass saftey test, they wouldn't  be legal to drive. Most likely in the next year or so there will be more statistics released tell if it is safe or not.  I eventually could trust it more if the technology continues to advance and become better.

  • I am not really sure on where my opinion stands on this topic. On one hand I think that it could easily be an extremely safe form of transportation. But on the other hand I do no know how I feel about giving up control of the vehicle, no matter how safe or advanced they market the technology.

  • I personally believe that the tesla can be as safe as a human driving but still most people get distracted very easily and then can drive off the road but with a tesla it does all the work for you but still I do not yet fully trust the idea of it.

    • Yes, that makes sense, as time goes one, people will hopefully trust them more and more.

  • I have mixed feelings about this topic. They are somewhat safe, they rarely have an error and need over-ridden. But, I have rode in a car that has safety features similar to tesla, and it braked HARD in the middle of a highway because there was a paper bag in the road. We about got hit bad and totaled the car. I think that they are safe but could use some work.

    • Yes, there are definitely thingts to work on when it comes to the sensors and cameras. I think they are developed enough to be safe on the road but not without a alert driver behind the wheel.

  • Personally, I would never fully trust a self-driving Tesla. It is technology and still has the potential to mess up. The Tesla making a mistake could end badly especially if one is driving on the interstate or freeway. I don't think I have any interest in driving or riding in a self-driving Tesla.

    • That is how most people feel with the topic, they could maybe trust it with some reasons but mostly not. Most people that support and trust the self driving mode have experienced it before. Do you think it would be the same for you?

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