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Tesla video hints new autopilot feature will enable cars to automatically stop at traffic lights


Tesla video hints that a new autopilot feature will enable cars to automatically stop at traffic lights

  • A video shows Tesla’s autopilot feature stopping at a red traffic light
  • The feature would mark an incremental step toward full autonomy
  • It’s unclear if and when the feature will be included in future autopilot updates 

Tesla owners may soon be able to check stopping at traffic lights off their list of manual tasks.

In a video posted to Twitter by a podcaster who focuses on the Elon Musk-owned electric/self-driving auto company, one of the manufacturer’s cars can be seen driving through several green lights until it reaches a red one and then slowing to a stop.

‘Autopilot stopping for red lights!’ reads the Tweet, followed by, ‘let’s goooooooo.’ 

The feature marks an incremental step toward full autonomy for the company’s autopilot software which is currently able to automate several different functions.

Tesla has yet to fully announce the feature despite the video posted on Friday. 

Among them are the ability to change lanes using a feature called ‘lane assist’ and spotting traffic cones as well as speed limits.

Despite the advancements, however, Tesla’s autopilot has also come under scrutiny this year amid speculation that the software was responsible for multiple crashes. 

A petition filed with the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) alleges that a flaw in autopilot caused cars to spontaneously accelerate and has led to 110 crashes and 52 injuries, with many drivers stating the incident occurred when they attempted to park in a garage or at a curb.

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Others claimed the sudden acceleration happened while in traffic or when using driver assistance systems. 

The NHTSA defines ‘sudden acceleration incidents’ as ‘unintended, unexpected, high-power accelerations from a stationary position or a very low initial speed accompanied by an apparent loss of braking effectiveness.’

Tesla's like the one pictured may soon be able to automatically stop at traffic lights according to a new video posted to Twitter

Tesla’s like the one pictured may soon be able to automatically stop at traffic lights according to a new video posted to Twitter

Musk has rebutted claims that the cars’ systems were to blame and has continued to push for full self-driving cars within the next several years.

While the CEO previously forecast that full autonomy would comet this year, past predictions from Musk – including one that eyed 2017 as the year – haven’t come to fruition.



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