Self-driving cars are not yet legal for widespread use in Canada, but they are being tested by several companies. Tesla is undertaking tests in old St. John’s, Newfoundland and the video is impressive. CBC News has reported on Joshua Green who has been conducting testing in the city in his Tesla Model Y. The tests are going smoothly in full self-driving mode.
All Teslas are equipped with autopilot which provides limited self-driving capabilities. Self-drive mode allows the car to make lane changes, obey traffic lights, and it even turns the wipers on and off as required. This is all possible by programming your destination into the computer system and pressing the button. You then sit back and watch the world go by.
Tesla reports that the full self-drive software has been in North America for all of 2022 but has only been rolled out for testing in Canada with about 1000 people testing the software in beta mode now.
The term ‘beta’ refers to the fact that the software may have a few kinks in it still. These kinks are found and fixed through extensive testing which the driver-equipped self-driving cars should provide. If the reports of Mr. Green are true, then there doesn’t seem to be much left to do. He says the car manages the maze-like streets and heavy snow well.
When in self-drive mode the human driver sits in the car behind the wheel and the system is overridden if the wheel is grabbed. The self-drive system also shuts off if he stops watching the road or begins fiddling with his phone.
Tesla sells all its cars now with the hardware for self-drive mode:
All new Tesla cars have the hardware needed in the future for full self-driving in almost all circumstances. The system is designed to be able to conduct short and long-distance trips with no action required by the person in the driver’s seat.
The future use of these features without supervision is dependent on achieving reliability far in excess of human drivers as demonstrated by billions of miles of experience, as well as regulatory approval, which may take longer in some jurisdictions. As these self-driving capabilities are introduced, your car will be continuously upgraded through over-the-air software updates.
Tesla cars come with a full suite of standard safety features including automatic emergency braking, side collision warning, front collision warning and automatic high beams. They claim that their neural net based AI provides a more complete picture of the road than a driver can access.
The promise of driverless cars is certainly enticing. Have you driven or ridden in a car with self drive or assisted driving technology? What did you think? Were you feeling safe or hesitant? Let us know in the comments below.
You can read all about Tesla’s autopilot mode and self-drive mode here.
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