How does Tesla autopilot react to water?
Is it confused? Dangerous? Or just fine?
Ever since Tesla launched auto pilot, I have been interested in seeing how it copes in different weather conditions. Whether it is snow, ice, sand storms or rain, I think it is interesting to see how Elon's boffins have engineered and programmed it to cope in these situations.
This YouTube video shows just how a Model 3 copes in heavy rain and big puddles on British roads. For you foreigners, rain is pretty much all we get on this side of the pond so it is vital that a Tesla can handle it with ease and not cause any dangers.
As you can see from the video, the Tesla seems to do very well when dealing with puddles and sprays of water from oncoming traffic. A slight issue however, is that the sprays of water occasionally confuse the car's autopilot sensors which throws it a bit off course, but not enough to cause an accident.
You will also notice that it doesn't try to dodge any of the puddles which would normally result in the car being pulled to one side, but thankfully this doesn't affect the car's autopilot and the wheels stay on course. Saying that, the car does get a little confused by the lack of white lines on some British B roads.