Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance
Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance is designed to steer a Tesla vehicle back into the driving lane if our system detects that it is departing its lane and there could be a collision, or if the car is close to the edge of the road. This feature will automatically be enabled at the beginning of every drive, but can be turned off for a single drive by going to the Autopilot Controls menu.
At Tesla, improving safety is our primary goal, even after a customer purchases their car. That’s why we’re introducing these features beginning today via a free over-the-air software update, starting with Model 3 owners and gradually expanding to all cars that were built after October 2016. This is just another way that we are helping to protect Tesla drivers and passengers, and others on the road, every day.
THE ABOVE IS DIRECTLY FROM TESLA'S WEBSITE.
Sounds like a great safety feature. Will be interesting see how it is in the real world. If I'm reading it correctly, it will turn the car in the opposite direction you are going if it "thinks" you shouldn't be changing lanes and you didn't use your blinker. Says it will only do so if it can't detect your hands on the wheel, so I guess that's OK. Not sure I agree with not having a setting to be able to have the feature turned off all the time rather than having to do it every time you get in the car.
In L.A. Traffic, there are times you have to get a little aggressive. To many L.A. drivers, seeing a blinker just means "oh s#*t, speed up". I'm one that feels nobody should ever have to hit their brakes for me changing lanes. Thus, I make sure I'm going as fast or faster than the car I'm changing lanes in front of. If everyone thought like that, we'd have far less than traffic. There are times where you see an opening coming based on the flow of traffic in each lane. I've already had the warning come up because it thinks I'm going to run into the car in front of me, when in reality, I'm just going for the opening in the lane next to me. I don't mind it because it's just an audible warning that can be very useful when it's for the right reason. However, if the car ever tries to turn the car back the other way when I'm making that maneuver, it would be a real problem. So hoping it's not too aggressive. Will be interesting to see.
I already can't use the auto lane change feature anymore with Nav on Autopilot. Car randomly wants to change lanes when there's absolutely no reason to. Finally had to turn it off. I think I preferred the blinker confirmation more. At least based on where the features are at today in the real world. I know many probably wonder what the heck I'm doing because the car puts on the blinker on its own, then starts to change lane for no reason I can understand. So I grab the wheel and take over to stay in my lane. But the false blinker and sudden swerve must puzzle some drivers around me.
One last note, found it odd that Tesla would advertise that Model 3's get the feature first. Then, they'll roll it out to the people who spent twice as much money on their cars when they're ready to. Seems like that might tick off some S & X owners that were actual early adopters?? If they wanted to do that, I probably wouldn't have advertised what order its going out in. As a Model 3 owner for the time being, I can't complain, but it did seem odd. Tesla needs to remember to show their love to their early customers and those that up-scaled to an S or X, their highest profit margin cars.