Just days ago, officials stated that Autopilot was engaged when a Tesla Model X crashed into a highway lane divider and caught fire. Tesla’s self-driving system was active and sent warnings before the crash. Not surprisingly, Tesla announced it is updating their Model 3 cars, moving the Autopilot controls from the touchscreen to the steering wheel.
This update should help people behind the wheel keep their eyes on the road. The main controls in the center info-entertainment, or infotainment, stack that show speed and cruise distance will also be moved to the steering wheel.
Currently, the buttons on the steering are unlabeled and made easy to assign to other functions. The right-hand scroll wheels will be set to control speed while the buttons flanking it will set follow distance. In doing so, drivers will have more options at their fingertips and can keep their eyes focused on the road ahead.
It’s not enough to guarantee absolute safety in a self-driving vehicle, but it’s a good start.