Published on May 3rd, 2019 | by Kyle Field0
Tesla Rolls Out New Features That Improve Safety Without Autopilot
May 3rd, 2019 by Kyle Field
Tesla pushed out a new software update for its vehicles tonight that adds two active safety features that work whether or not Autopilot is activated, or even installed on the car. The free update pushes two new Active Safety features to all vehicles built since October 2016 and make the vehicles even safer by working to keep them in their lanes.
Lane Departure Avoidance is a safety-focused version of Tesla’s Autosteer solution that aims to keep the vehicle in the lane by applying corrective steering if the driver’s hands are detected on the wheel. According to Tesla’s blog post about the new features, “If a driver’s hands are not detected on the wheel, the driver will receive a series of hands-on reminders and alerts, similar to the ones that our cars provide to customers who use Autopilot.”
The new feature can be turned off in the options. When active, they will work at speeds between 25 miles per hour and 90 miles per hour.
Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance, on the other hand, is all about preventing accidents. It is the silent protector that steps in if the system detects that the vehicle is drifting out of the lane. With the application of corrective steering, it keeps the vehicle in the lane. As the name implies, these interventions are designed to avoid emergency situations when the vehicle’s onboard systems detect an imminent collision. Tesla shared with us that the new features will be pushed out to all Tesla vehicles globally to improve the safety of Teslas and their occupants.
Lane Departure Avoidance and Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance – two new features we’re rolling out today to help keep all Tesla drivers saferhttps://t.co/d7t1L1GzdL
— Tesla (@Tesla) May 3, 2019
The new features blur the lines between Tesla’s premium Autopilot features and its core suite of Active Safety features in a push to ensure that Tesla drivers will be kept as safe as possible when in transit. Individually, either of these features is impressive, but the fact that Tesla is giving away both features to all owners of vehicles built since October 2016 is downright awesome. Keeping people safe is clearly the primary goal of the company, as evidenced by this free update, which stacks on top of the core safety features included in every Tesla.
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