Tesla Autopilot Can Now Detect Inattentive Drivers

Tesla Autopilot Can Now Detect Inattentive Drivers

Tesla drivers cannot afford to slack anymore as its latest software update can now gauge the attention level of its drivers– and detect if they are paying adequate attention to the roads or not. The update comes in the wake of countless fatal road-related accidents and recorded samples of abuse Tesla cars were involved in. The previous method of detecting a hand on the steering wheel had a loophole that could easily be breached by placing a weight. The latest advancement in Driver Monitoring System (DMS) for Tesla’s Level 2 semi-automated Autopilot system, desires to fix that by placing driver-facing cameras.

What the Official Tesla Release Reads

The cabin camera above your rearview mirror can now detect and alert driver inattentiveness while Autopilot is engaged. Camera data doesn’t leave the car itself, which means the system can’t save or transmit information unless data sharing is enabled. This means that the drivers will no longer be able to hoodwink the system and be forced to pay attention to the roads while driving. This in turn will result in a lower accident rate and ensure a safe driving experience.

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Tesla Autopilot Can Now Detect Inattentive Drivers

In April this year, two men were found dead after a fatal Tesla crash near The Woodlands. The news made it to national headlines after investigating officials claimed that the car was driven by no one. The incident led Elon Musk (CEO, Tesla Motors) put out a tweet that read: Data logs recovered so far show Autopilot wasn’t enabled. More ever, Autopilot would require lane lines to turn on, which this street didn’t have. In 2020, another Tesla car was involved in a massive highway crash near Lafayette CA. Hope, the latest update will keep such future incidents under tight check.