A Tesla Model X owner recently demonstrated some of the impressive capabilities of Navigate on Autopilot on a road trip through Carlisle in the UK. The all-electric SUV seamlessly mastered a section of the highway under construction, including traffic cones and provisional lanes.
The video of the feat was shared online by Tesla Model X owner and Model 3 reservation owner Tesla Driver, who runs a popular British YouTube channel. During the video, which tested Tesla's Driver Assistance feature and Tesla's Navigate on Autopilot system in the Carlisle region of West England, the Model X encountered a stretch of road populated with several traffic cones that formed a makeshift lane ,
Much to the surprise of the owner of the Model X, Navigate on Autopilot was able to detect the traffic cones, recognize the distance between them and recognize the area as a lane instead of the actual drawn lines on the road. While the Model X driver soon decided to take control of the vehicle, the fact that Navigate on Autopilot recognized and responded to the provisional lane from the traffic cones was remarkable.
This is particularly impressive given that not all features of Navigate on Autopilot are available in the UK. Tesla Owner and Local Hacker GreenTheOnly noted last May that a number of autopilot features such as Autosteer, Summon, and Automatic Lane Change were adapted to regional regulations.
Tesla's Navigate on Autopilot is probably the most advanced driver assistance function of the electric car manufacturer. Navigate on autopilot is an important step for Tesla in its quest to achieve autonomous driving skills. This seems to be Tesla's intention with this feature, as the company relocated Navigate on Autopilot to its full self-propelled suite in late February. Before the move, the function was simply part of the extended autopilot.
The improvements to Navigate on Autopilot have been remarkable so far, especially in the US, where the feature is not operated with the same restrictions as vehicles in the UK. In June of last year, for example, a Model 3 owner from Goshen, IN, encountered a long freewheeling highway that was under construction, and although the entire stretch of road was populated with no lane lines and a roadside of traffic containers, Navigate on Autopilot was able to handle the area easily deal with. More recently, a video shared by another Tesla owner showed how his Model 3 carried out several smooth lane change maneuvers on a freeway that could almost be called a "waltz".
Take a look at the autopilot navigation from Tesla Driver in the following video.