Tesla’s Autopilot: Driving Revolution or Death Surge?


Demi Korban
News Editor

  Tesla’s new driving assistance system is considered one of the most important advancements to take on the driving market for the benefits it brings to the driving experience. The striking feature in this new driving assistance system is the autopilot option.

  The autopilot is able to keep the car within a particular lane even when it faces corners. The radars, sensors, and cameras that surround the car’s body is able to maintain a set distance with the vehicle in front of it, allow the car to park itself, and even change lanes on its own.

  Tesla has also made many important decisions concerning their cars other than the autopilot system, such as deciding not to make the system bulletproof because the car was designed to run through rural areas and cities, which is seen as a fallback to many alike.

  The car also warns the drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel while they’re driving. When they release the steering wheel, the system prompts the drivers with chimes, screen warnings, and even stops the car completely if the driver does not recognize the system’s demands. This is an added safety bonus as it can ultimately prevent car accidents.

  If the road markings are faded or not present on the road, the system will not be able to function properly because it is based on such detections. Lebanon is one of the environments where it is impossible for the system to run, except in places such as Downtown or Long Highways, where these markings are present.

  Rain, fog, snow, and other bad weather conditions can hinder the system’s performance as well. This shows that the system is still far from perfect. It has a long way to go before it can operate in any given conditions.

  A lot of debates about the automated pilot system have risen. Some believe it is devastating to the human race because the brain is stimulated less, others see that it could decrease stress levels and make more time for other leisure activities, such as reading.

  Specialists haven’t studied the topic in depth yet, and the implications these technological advancements can have on lives from both a medical and sociological standpoint remain a mystery. However, financial researchers have seen the profit behind the product.

  Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, announced that they will have a fully autonomous version of their car that can drive from San Francisco to New York on its own by the year 2017, despite the fatal accident that resulted from the system this May.

  Musk remained on his position after the September 1 mishap that occurred with Space X, which is another company owned by him.

  The technology is progressing very rapidly, which could be seen as a huge benefit to many, but unfortunately research about its implications is not growing as quick, which raises the question: Is this new advancement a driving revolution, or death surge?

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