If the driver did not react accordingly, this could have been a serious accident.
Although Autopilot has already helped save people and animals multiple times, there is always something we stress when we talk about it: It is in beta testing. Put in another way, you should never trust it completely. That is what a willing guinea pig must do if it is also willing to live. The video above – presenting a brand new Tesla Model Y trying to merge into another car – shows why we present this warning and why you should take it very seriously.
The Jsnuff1 YouTube channel owner said this in the video description:
“Still learning how AP works with new Model Y and caught a pretty scary incident yesterday driving down Taconic Parkway (which is a very windy and narrow higway). Anyone spot what confused AP? Maybe bike in back of car?”
We’re glad this driver was paying careful attention. Had there been no intervention, we could have seen a nasty crash.
The incident seems to have happened on April 12 at this precise point:
When Full Self-Driving is finally available, Autopilot will cease to be a beta software to become “ready for production” and the software in charge of autonomous driving. The main video and the one below show that this is possibly still very unlikely to happen in the near future.
While Tesla does not provide an answer for that, remember to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. Autopilot may be a great assistant to your driving, but it is not ready to drive for you. And it may not be for a long time.
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