Tesla's Autopilot update caps speed limit on undivided roads

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Tesla has been working on enhancing its Autopilot self-driving feature and the latest update is meant to make its cars a little more conservative when it comes to speed limit. According to a report by Electrek, Tesla is forcing its cars to obey the exact speed limit when Autopilot is engaged specifically on undivided roads, instead of allowing them to exceed the posted limit by up to 5 mph as was previously the case. Drivers are still able to set any speed up to 90 mph on freeways and divided highways.

While driving with the flow of traffic is often safer than adhering to the limit, you can’t fault Tesla for playing on the safe side, after all drivers can still disengage the Autosteer feature and drive manually.

In addition to throttling the speed limit, Tesla’s updated system will send alerts, letting drivers know when they need to take the whee. It also includes some new features to help drivers find restaurants, retail outlets, and other shopping destinations near Supercharger stations. 

The company is constantly working on enhancing its Autopilot self-driving feature. A new Enhanced Autopilot system is expected to roll out soon, and it’s expected to take advantage of new hardware that all new Tesla models built starting in October are equipped with. This includes eight surround cameras with 360-degree visibility, twelve ultrasonic sensors, forward-facing radar, and a new onboard computer.

The update will be a major step towards Tesla’s eventual goal of full self-driving capability.

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Skidmarksdeluxe

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And the good news is that you can receive this update while your car is in the shop on one of it's many visits while 'trying' to get other non related problems sorted out, of which there are many, thereby saving your data for other things.
 

IAMTHESTIG

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Exact speed limit huh? That is going to piss a lot of people off. We aren't all cruise control robots.

I think this is going to create more dangerous possibilities than just going with the 1-5 MPH over limit standard unwritten rule.
 
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yRaz

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And the good news is that you can receive this update while your car is in the shop on one of it's many visits while 'trying' to get other non related problems sorted out, of which there are many, thereby saving your data for other things.
aside from the Falcon Wing doors on the model X, Tesla's don't really have any problems. It has far less moving parts than a convention vehicle. Instead of full pumps, filters, bearings, drive shafts, oil filters, lifters, valves, pistons, drive lines and a transmission, you have an electric motor, a battery and a computer. Most Tesla problems are software problems.

People seem to forget that the most common point of failure in modern automobiles is the transmission, often costing several thousand to get fixed. The Tesla does not have a transmission.

Looking up what consumer reports says about problems with the tesla
" Interior squeaks, malfunctioning door handles, warping brake discs, and drive-unit replacements were among the issues owners cited"

Now if you know anything about disk brakes, the Model S has some pretty big ones. The enemy of disk brakes is heat, and do you know how brakes heat up? When they are being used REALLY HARD. Same thing is probably going on with the Drive Unit, which consists of an electric motor and two wheel bearings. The same thing that causes the brakes to warp is the same thing that is causing the drive unit to fail. Interior squeaks I see maybe as a minor annoyance and the malfunctioning door handles are, from what I've read, only when using the key fob to open the car.

The smaller problems are either inexpensive to repair or covered unwarrenty. The bigger ones are almost always user error. In the same way the dealership isn't responsible if your hellcat throws a rod because you over revved the engine, Tesla is not responsible for you beating on their car. If you've checked youtube at all, people love to do that. Beating on your car will destroy it regardless of manufacture.
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

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aside from the Falcon Wing doors on the model X, Tesla's don't really have any problems. It has far less moving parts than a convention vehicle. Instead of full pumps, filters, bearings, drive shafts, oil filters, lifters, valves, pistons, drive lines and a transmission, you have an electric motor, a battery and a computer. Most Tesla problems are software problems.

People seem to forget that the most common point of failure in modern automobiles is the transmission, often costing several thousand to get fixed. The Tesla does not have a transmission.

Looking up what consumer reports says about problems with the tesla
" Interior squeaks, malfunctioning door handles, warping brake discs, and drive-unit replacements were among the issues owners cited"

Now if you know anything about disk brakes, the Model S has some pretty big ones. The enemy of disk brakes is heat, and do you know how brakes heat up? When they are being used REALLY HARD. Same thing is probably going on with the Drive Unit, which consists of an electric motor and two wheel bearings. The same thing that causes the brakes to warp is the same thing that is causing the drive unit to fail. Interior squeaks I see maybe as a minor annoyance and the malfunctioning door handles are, from what I've read, only when using the key fob to open the car.

The smaller problems are either inexpensive to repair or covered unwarrenty. The bigger ones are almost always user error. In the same way the dealership isn't responsible if your hellcat throws a rod because you over revved the engine, Tesla is not responsible for you beating on their car. If you've checked youtube at all, people love to do that. Beating on your car will destroy it regardless of manufacture.
There are a lot of problems with them, mostly niggling and inconvenient but that's to be expected. It's a new brand with new ideas, new business models and new technology. As everything matures, it'll settle down.
This is a problem with all new businesses and tech, and a problem for early adopters, they're the guinea pigs but most don't realise it, then get all emotional when things don't go according to plan and blow a lot of trivialities out of all proportion. This too is to be expected. Overall Tesla hasn't done a bad job of anything really, they'll eventually get there, if they're not bought out by one of the big manufacturers in a few years from now, and their car tech is definitely the way forward... but if I'm gonna blow so much money on anything, it has to be tried and true.
 

MannerMauler

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In addition to throttling the speed limit, Tesla’s updated system will send alerts, letting drivers know when they need to take the whee.
Wait, Teasla can tell when you need pee?? Might want to fix that, bud. XD

 
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davislane1

"In addition to throttling the speed limit, Tesla’s updated system will send alerts, letting drivers know when they need to take the whee."

I'm fairly confident said drivers need to get in touch with a medical professional ASAP.
 
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davislane1

Exact speed limit huh? That is going to piss a lot of people off. We aren't all cruise control robots.

I think this is going to create more dangerous possibilities than just going with the 1-5 MPH over limit standard unwritten rule.
It's going to be just like the Prius drivers. Traffic flow is 85+ in the two left lanes, but some jackwagon in an ecobox wants to do 65 and make hundreds of other drivers play shuffle cars because he doesn't want to drive in the right lane.
 

captaincranky

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"In addition to throttling the speed limit, Tesla’s updated system will send alerts, letting drivers know when they need to take the whee."

I'm fairly confident said drivers need to get in touch with a medical professional ASAP.
Wait a minute, now we've got members who can't even spell "whizz"?
 
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IAMTHESTIG

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Tesla should engineer a road rage mode for the driver AI... and call it "beast mode". Also known as normal mode in LA.