Tesla Motors Releases New ‘Autopilot’ System for Model S Cars That Provides the Vehicle With Limited Autonomous Control

Tesla Model S Autopilot

Tesla Motors has released a software update for their Model S electric cars that includes an Autopilot system which makes use of existing hardware built into the car to give it the ability to control its own speed, change lanes, and perform other basic operations on its own.

In a blog post announcing the update, Tesla explains that this is not a true self-driving car. The driver still has full control of the vehicle and can also easily access the data the car is using to make its decisions. Tesla says the goal of the Autopilot system is to, “give you more confidence behind the wheel, increase your safety on the road, and make highway driving more enjoyable.”

Jalopnik took the Autopilot for a test drive and described the experience as “creepy and wonderful.”

image via Tesla Motors

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