Tesla Demos Autopilot Tech On Model 3 In New Self-Driving Clip

After recently announcing that all Model 3 variants will feature Autopilot technology as standard, Tesla has now come out with a demonstration video, showcasing the system’s prowess in its most recent iteration, on both freeways as well as urban roads.

Tesla’s goal is of course full autonomy, which the EV-maker has already announced for the Model 3, and judging by this footage, we’re not far off from being able to trust the system to navigate most, if not all main roads.

The video is sped up, by the way, so that it doesn’t take up too much of your time. It also goes to show how well the Model 3’s self-driving tech can handle bends, stop signs, junctions, merging, exits and so on – although to be fair, the traffic was pretty “compliant”, which as you know isn’t always, if hardly ever the case.

Aggressive mode

At an event earlier this week, Elon Musk told investors that Tesla will someday allow drivers to select more aggressive modes for the Autopilot system, modes that have a “slight chance of a fender bender,” reports The Verge.

“Do you want to have a nonzero chance of a fender bender on freeway traffic?” he said, while dubbing it “LA traffic mode”, adding that “unfortunately [it’s] the only way to navigate LA traffic.”

Current Tesla owners can already select a ‘Mad Max’ setting for Autopilot, allowing for quicker lane changes on the highway compared to ‘Mild’ or ‘Average’ modes.


  • Some ol’ bloke

    However crazy he may be, elon musk is a genius

    • Crazy was an essential component of genius.

      This is truly fascinating, I’m looking forward to the future.

  • Exotics

    Very damn impressive. Model 3 will be my next car for sure. That white interior is so nice

    • Trackhacker

      Eww….have you even sat inside? It feels like park bench. Stiff, uncomfortable and cheap. Be smart….buy something proper with your money. Not this fridge.

      • tsv11

        Having owned one for about a year now, I can confirm that is not true at all. The new gen 2 seats are comfortable and great for 500+ mile trips, and it is simple to use. There may be some panel gaps, but otherwise the car is well built, and the software is basically bulletproof.

  • Patrick

    I thought Tesla said to keep both hands on the wheel?


  • Trackhacker

    Why don’t they try this in the winter in Canada? ^__~

    • Ken Lyns

      They can’t try this in the summer in Canada either, with half the roads cordoned off for construction and lane markings removed.

  • brn

    Not sure I can handle those. I still drive.

  • Harry_Wild

    Just a poor copy of Cadillac’s SuperCruise; the most advanced auto pilot system in the world. GM has around 10 years ahead of anyone else.

    • MarketAndChurch

      And I think the CT5 will also have the Supercruise too. All Cadillac needs now is a Tesla-rivaling crossover and sedan and they’ll be set to take on the Europeans.

    • Some ol’ bloke

      Not poor. not poor at all. Sorry, but hats off to tesla, 10 years ago, they were just an Idea, whilst 100 years ago, gm was around, and now they have actual competitive prices and a good system

  • Howfarr

    Why could this not just be a big roundabout?

    • mist

      Because the British can’t do as normal people do.

  • TRB0T0Y

    So Tesla is ever so closer to ‘full autonomy?’ This isn’t ‘Autopilot’, where the driver is required to keep a hand on the wheel and be ready to take over?
    How does this impact insurance/liability when it wrecks? Does 100% of the fault/damages fall upon Tesla, and the driver is entirely free from blame? I’d love to know how that works out.

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