With several vehicular accidents occurring while the Autopilot is engaged, Tesla has finally decided to put a system in place to help address the issue of inattentive Autopilot Tesla drivers on the road.
The upcoming updates Tesla plans to make on its Autopilot system is actually more of an “abort procedure.” It automatically activates the moment the driver fails to respond to the car’s instructions to put his or her hands behind the wheel in 15 seconds or less.
Should the driver not pay attention to this instruction, the car will turn the music down and slow down to a crawl until the driver complies.
Once the driver puts his or her hands back on the wheel, the Autopilot will be re-engaged the moment the car is stopped and put into Park. This is the update Tesla hopes will minimize road incidents, following a Model S car crash that resulted to the tragic death of former Navy SEAL Joshua Brown.
According to a report from electrek, a driver who manages to respond to the car’s Hold Steering Wheel alert will not be subjected to the abort procedure. Aside from this abort procedure, Tesla is said to be working on update where the driver will be blocked from re-engaging the Autopilot should he or she ignore the alerts repeatedly. This feature will reportedly come with Tesla’s upcoming v8.0 software update.
Last month, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk also said that the company will be coming out with a blog post that explains “how Autopilot works as a safety system and what drivers are expected to do after they activate it.”