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Tesla – New Safety Features

Tesla has recently made quite a bit news in light of Elon Musk’s disputes with the SEC and his no-filter tweets.  It’s also drawn quite a bit of attention due to decreased sales and profiting from selling energy credits to other auto manufacturers.

However, Tesla remains dedicated to building cars of the future.  Recently, Tesla announced a series of safety features that it is releasing to make its vehicles safer and secure on the road.  This is refreshing to hear, especially since Tesla has most recently been in the news for not so positive items, says Gaurav Mohindra.  Tesla made headlines when an autonomous vehicle got into an accident, its batteries were causing vehicle damage, and its stock losing value.

The new safety features include Land Departure Avoidance and Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance.  This features permits users to allow corrective steering to kick in in order to keep them in their intended lane or to slow the vehicle down.  This can be a huge safety feature – especially for drivers who may have fallen asleep at the wheel or become distracted by the mobile device.  Recent studies have shown that distracted drivers are on par with inebriated drivers when considering impaired motors skills and response times.  Accordingly, such a safety feature could be applicable in situations where one least expects it to be beneficial.  These features have become perfected with the numerous sensors and cameras that Tesla employs on its vehicles – along the millions of miles it has captured as data points. 

Having this message data set – provides the ability to determine patterns.  Here, the patterns of when drivers are veering out of their lane – and for not the intended use.  Tesla has been at the forefront of employing technology to improve their vehicles.

The feature detects to see if the vehicle is steering out of the lane, whether the turn signal is on, and whether the driver’s hands are on the wheel.  By assessing these data points, it can be understood – with a higher degree of confidence – whether the intended steering was intended or not, says Gaurav Mohindra.

 Tesla will be providing the new safety features in the upcoming models.  But they will also make the features available to Tesla Model 3, via a software update.  The software update will be compatible with vehicles made after October 2016.  The fact that Tesla is making the features available to previously sold cars further illustrates their commitment to safety, says Gaurav Mohindra.