This question is funny to me because it seems only people who never tried it are the ones asking.
Just try it and see!
It’s really impressive. First couple times I used it, I was scared and couldn’t trust it. After about the 10th try, I’ll have to admit it’s safer than most drivers. I use it as often as I can now and totally trust it with my life.
Because most people have ADD and paying more attention to their phones and the road. Some people are tired, drunk, or somehow distracted in some other way.
The Tesla autopilot is never distracted. It’s reliable as heck and can intelligently navigate its way around many things.
Videos of Tesla autopilot being tested
I can’t find them right now but I’m sure you can Google them. There are official ones of safety organizations testing them with other cars and dummies jumping out in front of a moving Tesla. Also random people on the internet trying to run over their friends and what not.
“But what about that news story of 2 people killed on autopilot?!“
I think you can read about them for yourself:
Basically, says Autopilot didn’t “see” the truck in one instance and got confused about a divider in the other.
Autopilot features I’ve witnessed:
- Speeding up and slowing down with traffic
- Keeping safe distance from car in front (you can even set the distance)
- Keeping safe speed relatively to speed limit (you can set it)
- Slowing down when other cars merge (or even cut) into your lane
- Notifying you when cones, road blocks, or other road obstructions are in the way.
- Slow or stop when a human body is in the way (I don’t know about small children or animals, though)
Things autopilot can’t do:
- Avoid potholes
- Drive on unmarked roads
- See a car running a red light and T-boning the side of your vehicle. (Then again, I’m not sure you’d see this either.)
- Slow down when cops are near (haha).