Tesla’s autopilot easily conquers intimidating journeys on highways and city centers
A recent video from a Tesla enthusiast shows that the electric car maker’s driver assistance software is perfectly capable of handling long journeys on the highway, navigating various ramps and exits, and ” make lane changes smoothly.
As part of his “Tesla Challenge” series on YouTube, Tesla owner and enthusiast Dirty Tesla took his Model 3 on a 45 mile trip from Ann Arbor, Mich. to Troy, Michigan. He decided it was a perfect opportunity to test Tesla Autopilot Navigation System because the trip was made during a relatively busy period on the highway. Its Model 3 was running on 2019.40.50.7 software with 2.5 hardware.
Dirty Tesla noted that the intention of the video was to interfere as little as possible with the car to see how it would handle the trip under somewhat stressful conditions. He said that on previous challenges he had been a bit disappointed with the performance of his Model 3 when cruising the highway with autopilot and fully autonomous driving. However, this test gave a completely different result.
While traveling on Interstate-75 in Michigan, Dirty Tesla notes that Exit 186B has caused his vehicle some problems in the past. Even though the vehicle and GPS recognized that the exit had to be taken to get to its destination as quickly as possible, the Tesla would sometimes accelerate through the exit and redirect.
However, the vehicle easily recognized the exit in this case and took it with relative ease. “Perfect, it took him. It’s so sweet. It is an exit which [the car] used to fly right in front. He had it on screen, he said he was going out, and it just isn’t. But now it is working, ”he said.
Shortly after taking the right exit in an impressive way for Dirty Tesla, the car then flaunted its recent addition. Adjacent track speed adjustment function. Approaching a traffic light that had recently turned green, a line of cars in the lane next to the one Dirty Tesla was driving in weren’t moving yet. The Model 3’s autopilot cameras and sensors recognized this and ultimately slowed the vehicle down so that it would travel at a safer speed, similar to the cars around it.
After exiting the freeway, the Tesla automatically navigated through a series of city roads and flawless intersections. It was impressive because some the lines on the road were faded or not visible at all. It didn’t seem like a challenge for the Tesla and it was able to roam the streets of Troy without any driver intervention.
The performance of the Dirty Tesla Model 3 is another example of how far Tesla’s autopilot and self-driving systems have come. As the company has released frequent software updates that have made it safer, the Tesla enthusiast noted that the vehicle appears to run more confidently than ever before. In the end, the YouTube host gave Autopilot an A rating and said the driving was super impressive and a lot of fun.
You can watch Dirty Tesla’s 45-mile journey in its Model 3 below.