Tesla Says Model S Now A Self-Driving Car, But Cannot Go Driverless

Tesla Says Model S Now A Self-Driving Car, But Cannot Go Driverless
2012 Tesla Model S Jack Snell / Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0

Tesla recently announced at least one car model capable of driving itself. Indeed, Tesla said that it has released its Version 7.0 software that makes this possible and so much more.


The road to realizing Tesla’s dreams pretty much gained ground during October last year when they started equipping their Model S cars with a hardware that will enable the introduction of self-driving capability into the car. Tesla calls this Autopilot, which shall allow Model S cars to steer within a lane, manage speed and even change lanes just by tapping on the turn signal.

Moreover, the digital control of the Tesla S’ motors, brakes and steering also helps the car avoid collisions from both front and sides while keeping the car from going off-road. At the same time, Tesla’s Autopilot feature also provides parking assists. In fact, Tesla says the Autopilot can help you scan for a parking space and alert you when it finds one available. Autopilot means the car can now parallel park on command as well.

Aside from Autopilot, Tesla Version 7.0 software also comes with a host of other features. This includes a forward radar, 12 long-range ultrasonic sensors capable of sensing 16 feet around the car from every direction regardless of speed, a forward-looking camera as well as a high-precision digitally-controlled electric assist braking system.

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Meanwhile, car owners are asked to keep in mind that the Tesla Autopilot is absolutely not a driverless system. Rather, Tesla says the Autopilot works similarly to the systems that pilots utilize in clear conditions. According to Tesla, “The driver is still responsible for, and ultimately in control of, the car.”