Q: I believe there is a bit of misconception about Teslas by both the public and law enforcement. I’m only going to address unmodified Teslas.
Not all Teslas are equipped with the Full Self Driving (FSD) ensemble. Of those so equipped, a small percentage have it initialized as beta testers. Teslas constantly “talk” to the mother ship for learning. What Tesla does have now is an excellent cruise control, lane-keeping and navigation system.
A Tesla will not accelerate on its own unless the cruise control is on and the Tesla is tracking the car in front of it as the lead car accelerates and slows, up to the maximum speed the Tesla operator set. A Tesla will automatically slow for some curves in the road.
Lane keeping keeps the Tesla centered in its lane. There is a warning system in place should the operator remove their hands from the steering wheel. It puts a message on the screen, then flashes blue which increases, followed by a very audible alarm. If all that is ignored, the system disengages and the Tesla slows. The operator can not reengage the system without coming to a complete stop and placing the Tesla in park.
The nav system will ask the operator their intentions and the Tesla will not exit a freeway unless the operator turns on the directional indicator. As soon as the Tesla exits, the nav system releases control. The Tesla will come to a stop at stop signs and stop lights and sends a warning that it is approaching controlled intersections. It requires the...
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