Tesla slows autopilot feature, but Musk says it better than human driver

tesla's carTesla Motors said on Sunday it was updating systems autopilot driving in Model S sedans to set new limits of its hands-free operation, which has been praised both for its innovation while criticized for having launched before weather.

The function will now be restricted on roads or residential roads without a central divider, which means that the car can not exceed the maximum speed limit more than five miles (8 km) per hour.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the car now will slow in anticipation of curves in the road, but said he was unaware of accidents caused by the previous version of the software.

Tesla announced autopilot update day before the Detroit Auto Show North American International where traditional car manufacturers – which have generally been Tesla technology semiautonomous presentation – launch of new models.

When Autopilot launched in October musk warned the highly anticipated feature was in beta mode, or a testing phase development, with full hands-free driving Not recommended.

Still, a number of writings by post videos on YouTube Tesla drivers showed to happen on the road with autopilot, causing musk say could stop function to minimize the possibility that people who do “crazy things”.

US pioneer in electric cars with batteries loaded luxury was one of the first companies to offer direction that could be operated hands-free, one of the first steps toward full self-driving industry experts say it may be available by 2020.

In an interview with reporters, Musk said Tesla system was “probably better than human at this point in highway driving,” able to keep your lane use of cameras, radar and mapping.

The experience of the company’s software has enabled add the hands-free functionality – and to correct any failure – through a software update, but critics have suggested that the company should have delayed autopilot until it was perfect.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, the head of global product development for GM, Mark Reuss, he said his company “never” use over-the-air improvements in safety-critical systems such as address and braking.

Tesla said that improvements were made to help the car better stay on the rails even with faded markings and passing highway exits. In the speed control mode, the car now anticipate outputs as if the turn signal is activated.

Using a feature called “call” Model S drivers can park their cars from outside the vehicle into tight spaces and the cars can park themselves in places perpendicular to the curb.

In a bold pronouncement feature musk, which also has interests in space travel, he said advances in technology “call” would allow Tesla owners to call their cars from New York to Los Angeles in two years.