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Consumer Reports: Latest Autopilot "far less competent than a human"


Added 05-22-19 12:10:03pm EST - “Automatic lane-change feature cuts drivers off, break Connecticut law, CR finds.” - Arstechnica.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Arstechnica.com: “Consumer Reports: Latest Autopilot “far less competent than a human””. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In recent weeks, Tesla has been pushing out a new version of Autopilot with automatic lane-change capabilities to Model 3s—including one owned by Consumer Reports. So the group dispatched several drivers to highways around the group's car-testing center in Connecticut to test the feature. The results weren't good.

The "latest version of Tesla's automatic lane-changing feature is far less competent than a human driver," Consumer Reports declares.

Tesla introduced its Navigate on Autopilot feature a few months ago, but at first, it would ask the driver to confirm lane changes. More recently Tesla has given drivers the option to have Autopilot initiate lane changes without confirmation. But CR's reviewers argue that feature isn't ready for prime time.

“It’s incredibly nearsighted," said CR's Jake Fisher. "It doesn’t appear to react to brake lights or turn signals, it can’t anticipate what other drivers will do, and as a result, you constantly have to be one step ahead of it.”

Tesla vehicles have a tendency to cut off other drivers when making lane changes, according to CR's tests. After changing lanes in heavy traffic, the Model 3 "often immediately applies the brakes to create space behind the follow car—this can be a rude surprise to the vehicle you cut off,” Fisher said.

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