Understanding Tesla software updates, the Teslascope team discovered something interesting in the latest FSD beta update. Tesla vehicles can now detect a device designed to simulate a hand on the wheel during Autopilot. When these devices are detected, the system disengages the autopilot.
Full Self-Driving Beta
The latest version of Full Self-Driving Beta (V10.69.3.1) can detect some forms of autopilot defeat devices and will be slowly adapted over time as new methods are discovered by Tesla.— Teslascope (@teslascope) November 25, 2022
If detected, it will result in a forced autopilot disengagement; resulting in strikes.
Tesla Beta Autopilot and Full Autonomous Driving (FSD) features require the driver to hold the wheel. So automakers continue to ask drivers to apply a certain amount of torque to the steering wheel to keep Autopilot engaged.
Special pads for the handlebars
This has led some to resort to some tricks. Some simply put a bottle of water under the steering wheel, and some companies have even tried to mass-produce special steering plates that fool Tesla’s computer. Because the technology is still in beta testing and undoubtedly dangerous if the driver loses control, Tesla is constantly working to get drivers behind the wheel.
Tesla also often uses a directional camera in the cockpit to monitor the driver’s attention and capture when the driver’s eyes are off the road.
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