When it happens, you have just a moment to react.
Consumer Reports rightly noticed that Tesla’s Navigate On Autopilot feature requires improvements because currently you need to pay even more attention than using Autopilot without Navigation.
One of the Tesla Model 3 drivers recently shared a video of a dangerous situation when Autopilot confused the upcoming off-ramp with a small emergency area before the off-ramp. The driver needed to take control as the car turned towards the barriers.
“I was driving southbound on Lake Shore Drive using Navigation on Autopilot on my Tesla Model 3 on Nov. 13, 2018. Based on my route, Navigation on Autopilot, which is Tesla’s most advanced driving feature yet, was about to automatically activate the right turn signal and exit the highway off-ramp.But shortly before the off-ramp, there was a small area of highway for people to pull over in case of emergency. Navigation on Autopilot, which requires Enhanced Autopilot and was engaged while I was on the highway, misinterpreted this.
Thinking that emergency area was the off-ramp, which was right before the actual Belmont off-ramp, Navigation on Autopilot quickly swerved into there while I was driving 45 mph. Holding the wheel already, I immediately disengaged Navigation on Autopilot and veered left to avoid hitting the curb head on.
Software version: 2018.42.4 ccb9715”