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Tesla rolls out AutoSteer Stop Light Warning for Autopilot in latest software update

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Tesla Autopilot can now recognize stop lights and warn drivers in danger of running through them thanks to some feature rolling out in the latest software upgrade (2019.8.3) called Autosteer Stop Light Warning. Tesla vehicles which were manufactured from October 2016 on and have Autopilot or Full Self-Driving will automatically receive the new feature.

Autosteer Stop Light Warning’s primary benefit is that it can compute whether a vehicle will blow through a stop light which the system has detected and then generate a visible and audible warning for the driver to take over. In part, the center touchscreen will flash a red-colored steering picture with instructions for the driver to “Take Over Immediately” following a relevant stop light situation is detected.

Analyzing mapping data and cross-referencing that with data from Tesla’s vision system and the automobiles ’ external cameras has enabled this stop light feature to be a reality. In effect, the system can confirm that a stoplight is in each specific location and the grid has been trained to detect red lights.

The warning Made by Tesla Autopilot’s Autosteer Stop Light Warning feature. | Credit: Tesla
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Crashes and injuries attributed to red light running have affected over 137,000 people in recent years according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and with these types of numbers in mind, Tesla has continued to develop its products to address security as the firm ’s highest priority. Stop Light Warning is one more step towards the all-electric automobile maker’s aim of creating safer-than-humans autonomous driving.

Tesla has also confirmed that a distinct feature capable of recognizing and responding to traffic lights and stop signs is planned for release later this year. CEO Elon Musk teased about this feature, to also include managing roundabouts, previously via Twitter.

A couple of constraints still apply when using Stop Light Warning. First, the feature does not automatically apply the brakes; and secondly, not all stop lights will work with this latest improvement in Tesla’s journey to self-driving capabilities, but improvements will continue to roll out as they become ready.

Some Tesla drivers have noticed that their Autopilot software already giving away during lane changes. A video posted by reddit user privaterbok demonstrated Autopilot purposely responding to its environment in a side-by-side matchup: One side revealed the center touchscreen’s driving picture animating the input and instructions it was was sending to the car, and the other showed the car’s actual reaction.

Elon Musk recently confirmed the first rollout of the Navigate on Autopilot without turn stalk confirmation feature in addition to Enhanced Summon as yet another component of the march to Full Self-Driving ability. In keeping with most of Tesla’s new rollouts, the features will be introduced to small groups first and expanded to a broad release once any additional improvements are made. Both features are only being offered as part of Tesla’s $5,000 Full Self-Driving bundle which is in addition to the required $3,000 Autopilot.

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