Submitted by bsolley on 11. Februar 2020
Driving down a road I frequent with autopilot. I've driven this road countless times with autopilot as it's on the way to my business from my house. I made the mistake that many Tesla owners likely make daily without giving it a second thought. I started to respond to a message on my phone with a lot more confidence in a tech that I shouldn't have come to rely on so much. When I last looked up, the vehicle was driving along the semi-curvy road, following behind another vehicle. It was a single lane highway, traveling around 45mph. Suddenly the car starts to decelerate, and I look up to find it is no longer following the road, autopilot has completely disengaged, and it was vearing road, almost out of the shoulder and heading straight towards a cliff wall. I immediately took action and corrected it, thankfully without any incident, other than looking stupid to other drivers around me. There were no warnings, no chiming alarms like would usually happen if there was any reason it was going to disengage self drive mode. It just stopped following the path and stopped controlling acceleration.
Has anyone else had their Tesla just pull out of self drive mode without warning, no audible warning or anything? I will say, I do have the parent mode or whatever they call it enabled where the basic warnings are muted, but I wouldn't expect it to mute an emergency warning like "Disengaging autopilot mode".