Tesla’s Autopilot system will soon include new features capable of detecting turn signals, as well as emergency lights, emergency turn signals and certain hand movements as cyclists. The goal is to help the car respond in the best way to the various emergency scenarios that can occur at any time.
These advances will be made possible by the integration of a new system, called Vision, into the automatic driving system. Thanks to all the cameras installed on the vehicle, as a virtual neural network, Tesla Vision analyzes the vehicle’s environment in 360 degrees so that it can “see” almost everything that is happening around the vehicle.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the system will soon be able to detect turn signals or even emergency vehicles flashing nearby so the car can detect all current and upcoming events on the road. In this way, the autonomous car gets a little closer to truly human behavior when it comes to driving with “eyes” that are constantly on alert. This can also help avoid certain accidents that may still occur in Autopilot mode.
Currently, only a few (rare) U.S. customers who are enrolled in the Autopilot Priority Access Update Program have begun testing this beta. As usual, these new features are introduced through automatic remote software updates. IB / JB
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