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 have never personally used autopilot in a car, but I have used it in a tractor. However, it's a little different when you are in a field with nobody around, and you are going much slower. I would ride in a self-driving Tesla,  but i will never own one, because I don't care for electric cars.

    • It would definitely be different then a tractor but around the same idea. They are new and hopefully as time goes on, people will trust them more and more.

  • I think that as long as the driver isn't being an idiot, the autopilot is perfectly safe. The driver still needs to pay attention because the computer in a Tesla can't predict if an animal is going to run in front of you or another car loses control, etc. I would ride in a self-driving Tesla as long as the driver can take over when necessary.

    • Yes, the auto-pilot driving mode is very beneficial and enjoyable if used the right way. If people aren't being responsible, then it isn't safe.

  • I think that the autopilot driving mode is a little safe but needs a lot of improvment. I have already rode in a tesla with the autopilot on and for the first part of it, it was a little scarry but it was good enough to use it more and more. 

    • Yes, I think a big part of this is that once you take the step to ride or drive in the auto pilot mode, you'll get used to it and adjust to the situation.

  • I don't think that the tesla self driving mode that safe. Because there can always be malfunctions, which could be really scary to think about when you are trusting a robot or AI with your life to simply drive a car. I think we should just drive the car ourselves.

    • That makes sense, there always could be malfunctions. But there could be malfuctions on anything, there are many things that we trust our lifes with in technology. For example, people fly to places still in the U.S., you could drive but people take the risk of being in the air.

  • I think if your still watching the road while its on self driving mode then its safe. If your just on your phone while its on self driving mode then i dont think its safe. People use self driving mode for good things and bad things. i think just driving yourself is the best choice.

    • I agree, if you do pay attention it should be beneficial and a good experience.

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