2016 Tesla Model X: A Less Automatic Autopilot
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 21, 2016
You might have heard that Tesla has updated the Autopilot feature offered on vehicles like our 2016 Tesla Model X. The company cited various reasons why the updates were made, but one major factor was that too many owners were putting too much trust in the system.
Now it works a little differently.
Before the updates, the Autopilot system would give you a warning to put your hands on the wheel every once in awhile, but that's about it. If you didn't comply, nothing happened. Now the system gives you a warning, and then another warning and finally a "put your hands on the wheel or this thing is shutting down" warning.
Sure enough, no steering input equals no Autopilot. In fact, it doesn't simply turn off, it actively starts to reduce the vehicle's speed. Clearly, the people at Tesla have seen enough videos of owners completely handing over the reins.
There are other upgrades as well, although I didn't notice any of those since they're basically aimed at improving the system's overall accuracy. When you're only bumping along at 10-15 mph on the freeway, it doesn't push the limits very often.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 9,421 miles