Tesla Launches Autopilot Signal Light And Stop Sign Control

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If you have a Tesla with the latest hardware 3 with full autopilot, your car will gain traffic lights and stop sign recognition from software update 2020.12.6. However, it will apparently only be available to Tesla owners in the U.S. and other markets will have to wait a few more months to get this feature, although UK owners seem to have received it already (according to the video above).

What it does is pretty self-explanatory – when autopilot navigation is enabled on the car, it will recognize the traffic lights and either stop or continue, as well as stop sings which will always prompt him to stop. The driver always has confirmation that it is safe to cross an intersection by pushing the accelerator pedal or pressing the speed selector rod.

Here are Tesla’s release notes for the latest update:

Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control (BETA) Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control is designed to recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs, slowing your car down stopping when using the cruise-sensitive cruise control or Autosteer. This function will slow the car down for all detected traffic lights, including green, flashing yellow and off lights. When your car approaches an intersection, your car will indicate the intention to slow down via a notification, to slow down and stop at the red line indicated on the driving visualization.

To continue on the stop line, pull the autopilot lever once or press the accelerator pedal briefly to confirm that you can continue safely. As with all autopilot features, you should continue to be careful and be ready to take immediate action, including braking, as this feature may not stop for all traffic controls. This characteristic will be conservative, will often slow down at the start and will not try to cross intersections. Over time, as we learn from the fleet, functionality will be more naturally controlled.

To continue on the stop line, press the speed selector once or press the accelerator pedal briefly to confirm that you can continue safely. As with all autopilot functionality, you should continue to be careful and be ready to take immediate action, including braking, as this functionality may not stop for all traffic controls. This characteristic will be conservative, will often slow down at the start and will not try to cross intersections. Over time, as we learn from the fleet, functionality will be more naturally controlled.

To activate, place your car in PARK and tap on Commands> Autopilot> Control of traffic lights and stop signs (beta) Note: When this function is activated, the maximum speed set during use Autosteer is limited to the road speed limit. Before you can activate this function, a camera calibration may be required and the latest version of the navigation maps must be downloaded via Wi-Fi. Please refer to the owner’s manual for more details on this function.

The pilots are already testing the feature and it seems to be working as expected. This doesn’t seem particularly useful at the moment, as some input from the driver is still required. This is certainly a step towards fully autonomous driving, but even with this new functionality, it is not quite there – it is a small step.

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