Watch Tesla Model S Navigate Through Road Construction With Latest Autopilot v8.1

In 2016, a man was killed onboard his Tesla while it was operating in Autopilot mode. Last week, a pedestrian was struck and killed by an autonomous Uber prototype.

While these tragic accidents are heart-wrenching, they are unlikely to meaningfully slow or reign in the aggressive development of self-driving cars being pursued by automakers, technology companies, and governments.

In fact, Toyota and Uber are the only companies to have suspended their autonomous testing programmes in the U.S. in the wake of this latest incident meaning there are still thousands of vehicles capable of semi-autonomous driving on the roads. This short video shows that despite these tragedies, and other non-fatal accidents, progress of such systems continues to be made.

Filmed from onboard a Tesla Model S, the video shows the vehicle’s Autopilot system updated to the latest version (v8.1 2018.10.4) expertly detecting and adapting to road construction. If there’s nothing going on out of sight of the camera, like minor steering inputs being made by the driver, the clip captures the moment the Tesla recognizes cones on the road, slows down, and makes its way through the construction site without incident.

Due to the huge fleet of Autopilot-equipped Tesla models on the roads, the electric automaker has a huge advantage over its rivals in gathering testing miles in real-world conditions. The point that Tesla owners are effectively beta-testers for a revolutionary new technology is up for debate, however.

While the technology captured in the video is impressive, we still feel rather uneasy watching it as the driver appears to be filming the scene with a handhold device and doesn’t have their full attention on the road. At one point, the car passes a construction worker just a couple of feet away and the results could have been disastrous if the system became confused at that moment.



    Well at least it didn’t hit a parked car at 60 mph unlike that guy from Reddit with his Model 3.

    • Dr Strangefinger

      Or a bicyclist in AZ.

  • Dr Strangefinger

    Or… just watch every other driven car perform this amazing feat without Autopilot.

    • wait a minute

      haha – very true, it’s hardly a hardship steering a car. What’s next automated drinking straws telescopically extending from the cup holder.

  • BlackPegasus

    What does this video have to do with a crash from over 2yrs ago? And please tell me what in the hell does it have to do with the jaywalking woman killed by an autonomous Uber car in Arizona?

    The bias against this technology is clear and blatant on this website. Would you feel safer sitting behind a horse pulling a buggy? Maybe that’s what you need to alleviate your anxieties. Don’t ruin it for the rest of us who are embracing new exciting technology 😒

    • LJ

      Skynet, is that you?

      • BlackPegasus

        lol 😝

    • Mike Sinyaboot

      Hahaha. “Embracing new EXCITING technology”…..To each their own but you are obviously not a person that enjoys cars or automotive culture. There is nothing EXCITING about autonomous cars. It will be safer and make long journeys much easier which is fantastic. Unfortunately, autonomous tech completely destroys everything that makes driving enjoyable for those of us that love cars. It will be a very sad, not exciting day, when these boring vehicles take over.

      • Dr Strangefinger


      • BlackPegasus

        I enjoy cars and enjoy driving them even more. What I don’t enjoy is stupid human beings. Hampering technology because of your fears is as smart of those who oppose stem cell research because of their religious beliefs.

        Btw, if losing the thrill of actually driving a car has to go away in order to prevent over 32,000 traffic fatalities per year by distracted humans, then sign me up.


        • Dr Strangefinger

          If you could use a larger font, I think more people could read your comments.

      • Kate E

        Here’s news for you: most people consider driving a chore.

    • Kate E

      To most people, there is nothing exciting about driving.They want to get it automated as much as possible.

  • BobV12

    Autonomous cars should learn to drive themselves out of russian roads

    • Status

      But if all the cars on Russian roads were autonomous, then we wouldn’t have any videos and every car would simply drive to its destination.

    • wait a minute

      Agreed- Russia, china and India needs this tech most.

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