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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  • I think Tesla's autopilot can be safe but I think the technology needs to tested more and updated. Also there are some people out there that are putting weights or something on their steering wheel that makes the Tesla still drive.

    • This is a fair point. There are however cameras inside of the car monitoring the driver's attention status and the car will not allow you to self drive anymore if it catches you on your phone or not paying attention.

  • I think that teslas autopilot mode is made as safe as possible, you can fall asleep or quit looking at all off the road some people think that you can take a nap during this mode but you cant you have to have at lease one hand don't the steering wheel just for safety 

  • I think that Tesla's autopilot mode is mostly safe, obviously you can't fall asleep or quit looking at all. But you shouldn't be sleeping behind the wheel or just not paying attention at all. I rode in a self-driving Tesla and felt totally safe, and I would do it again.

    • I agree, it is mostly safe with the assurance that the driver is always alert and paying attention. I also feel like you definitely need to experience it to feel completely safe.

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