This isn’t a fully autonomous vehicle in the vein of a Google car, though – the primary feature is what Tesla calls Autosteer, which keeps the car in its current lane once you’re already on the road and manages speed and distance from the car ahead. On the call, Elon Musk was careful to call out Autosteer as a “beta” feature – drivers are told to keep their hands on the wheel, even when the function is engaged. “We want people to be quite careful” at first, Musk said, while admitting that “some people” may take their hands off the wheel regardless. “We do not advise that,” he added. An upcoming version 7.1 will add the ability to send the car off to a garage on its own and come back to pick you up, another feature teased when Musk first announced autopilot capabilities last year.
Am I the only one who feels a little uncomfortable about a function like this being designated ‘beta’, but still sent to every Tesla driver? People – including myself, and yes, even Tesla drivers – are idiots, and I don’t trust them to follow Musk’s advice at all.