Today, Tesla is taking another step towards a true future of self-driving with a mode that allows your car to decide when to change lanes. (Yes, we just entered a world where your car could automatically switch to other cars).
Previously, if you hit your destination, keep your hands on the wheel and your feet near the pedals, the optional option of your Tesla "Navigate in autopilot mode" would do everything possible to keep it on the highway, requesting Proactively confirm before changes are made in the lane. But a new software update changes that. If the driver says he does not require the car to confirm a lane change, the car … will simply change lanes.
This is how Tesla's new press release describes the change (negating our):
In the autopilot setup menu, a driver can press the Customize navigation button on the autopilot that will now show three settings Additional: Enable at the start of each trip, Require lane change confirmation and Lane change notification. Through the Enable settings at the start of each trip, Navigate on Autopilot can be configured to turn on automatically each time a driver enters a navigation route. Once enabled, each time a driver is on a highway and uses the autopilot with a location connected to the navigation bar, the function will be activated by default. If a driver selects 'No' to Require Lane Change Confirmation, lane changes will occur automatically, without requiring a driver to confirm them first . Drivers can choose to receive a notification about an upcoming lane change upon receiving an audible buzzer, as well as a predetermined visual warning. In addition, all cars manufactured after August 2017 will also have the option of having your steering wheel vibrate for the alert as well.
As Elon Musk himself points out, the press release sells the somewhat short feature:
Tesla says he already tested it internally, and with the Early Access Program controllers, for half a million miles already. The function is beginning to be implemented today for US customers. UU And "will be presented in other markets in the future, pending validation and regulatory approval."