Autonomous cars will be common place in the near future. Though currently, Tesla’s ‘Autopilot’ system comes pretty close to being autonomous. The system is made up of a host of cameras all around the car and allows it to perform various functions like lane changes, automatically steering the car, driving at speeds of up to 145 km/h and even park the car without human intervention.
And though Tesla recommends complete attention of the driver behind the wheel, you have to agree it’s an opportunity to relax a little. And comedian Lil Duval took that a bit too seriously. Here’s an instagram post of him smoking a joint while the car drives itself at 120 km/h.
But, in all seriousness, the ‘Autopilot’ system is not completely perfect and there have been a couple of fatal crashes involving Teslas. The system sounds an alarm when it thinks that human intervention is required, but in one of the crashes, it was deemed that neither the driver nor the system was able to identify the dangerous situation and the brakes weren’t applied.
Until such a time, as these driver’s assistance systems can prove to be a 100% effective, we suggest not taking any chances behind the wheel.
Source of news : Indiatimes