In Europe, the Tesla Autopilot will...lose some of its key features
We all know that each country has its own regulations concerning autonomous vehicles. Some states allow full use of these systems and others impose very strict rules. At Tesla, the Autopilot, which remains one of the most advanced autonomous driving systems, must therefore modulate its capabilities depending on the country.
In Europe, the regulations concerning autonomous cars are extremely regulated for the safety of users. The Autopilot offered in Europe therefore has limited capacities, unlike the American Autopilot. Tesla has also proposed a new update that limits the use of certain functions on the European Model S and Model X.
In this update, we note for example the impossibility of using the Autopilot to change lanes on non-separated roads. Lane changing also requires a time delay of one and a half seconds before performing the manoeuvre. In sharp bends, the Autopilot may not even be able to control the steering on its own.
For the Smart Summon that allows the car to be controlled remotely, you will now have to be closer to the car - at most six meters away - to use the functionality. The Autopilot will also remind drivers more often to keep their hands on the steering wheel. This update will be frustrating for Model S and Model X owners, who are already disappointed by the Smart Summon that doesn't work as well as expected.
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