Tesla’s autopilot will decelerate the electric car when it detects emergency vehicles’ flashing beacons at night, Electrek reports. The new option will be introduced in the 2021.24.12 software update for Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y electric vehicles.
When Autosteer (automatic driving technology) operates and special vehicle beacons are detected, the electric car will slow down and inform the driver about it using a signal on the on-board display. After the disappearance of special vehicles from the range of sight of the autopilot of the electric car or the driver pressing the gas pedal, the car will return to cruising speed. The new feature will work only at night for now.
The automaker Tesla warns that in any case, the motorist must rely only on himself, and also be prepared for any development of the situation, since the autopilot is not always able to react to the traffic situation correctly. You cannot let go of the steering wheel of the electric car for the entire trip.
The new feature in Tesla electric vehicles was driven by an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of 11 collisions between Tesla cars and emergency vehicles.