In its latest software update, Tesla removed the hard limit it placed not too long ago on its Autopilot function. This means that drivers will be able to set the cruising speed above the limit when the Autopilot function is activated on undivided roads.
Before the rollout of the new software, Tesla placed a cap on its cruise control limit. Prior to the cap, Tesla drivers were able to go up to 5 mph over the speed limit on undivided highways. But succeeding reports of misuse and abuse that became viral on YouTube led the electric car company to impose a restriction on the speed limit when using Autopilot.
Many users vented their anger on the set limit on social media, saying that the feature was included in what they paid for. This led the company to remove the cap.
Other Updates From The Latest Software
Aside from adding back the ability to exceed the speed limit by up to 5 mph, the over-the-air software update (18.104.22.168.22) will also include additional safety controls that will reduce the possibility of a car accident when using the Autopilot mode.
Why Tesla Set A Cap In The First Place
Some owners started misusing the Autopilot mode and even posted videos about it, which led to people questioning the risk involved when driving Tesla cars. When it was first launched, the Autopilot function was meant to be used only on divided highways.
"We're building Autopilot to give you more confidence behind the wheel, increase your safety on the road, and make highway driving more enjoyable," said the company in October 2015.
However, some owners started using them on undivided roads as well, and performed a slew of stunts filmed on dashcams that have since gone viral on YouTube.
These stunts did not sit well with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who wanted to promote the proper use of the Autopilot function. However, after placing the restriction, the company received backlash from users, forcing Tesla to remove the cap.
The company has also updated its software for the Tesla Model S P100D by adding the Ludicrous + mode, which allows the car to go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds.
At this point, it will be interesting to note how Tesla will be able to walk the fine line between user experience and safety concerns.