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New video highlights improved performance from Tesla’s Autopilot feature

Tesla loves boasting that its Autopilot feature can reduce the likelihood of an accident by a significant margin. Most recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during an interview with CBS that while “Autopilot will never be perfect,” the feature over the long-run will be able to “reduce accidents by a factor of 10.”

Musk’s optimism aside, the reality is that many drivers remain wary of self-driving car technologies in general. And with good reason, any time there’s a crash involving a Tesla, it tends to make national news. Most recently, you might recall that Tesla’s Autopilot feature made headlines following word that a Model X with Autopilot engaged veered into a highway divider, tragically killing the driver in the process. In the wake of the accident, Tesla has said that the car’s Autopilot feature did, in fact, provide the driver with a number of warnings that were not heeded. Tesla’s position aside, the reality is that we still have a long way to go before the public at large is willing to trust self-driving cars.

All that said, it’s worth noting that Tesla’s Autopilot feature has improved considerably in recent weeks. Specifically, Tesla about a month ago introduced a new Autopilot update with a number of performance enhancements. In turn, Tesla owners have been posting a number of videos which showcase the updated iteration of Autopilot deftly handling a variety of precarious situations on the road.

The video below, for instance, highlights a Tesla handling a winding local road with relative ease.

More recently, a Tesla owner posted a video which highlights the car’s Autopilot feature handling a tricky construction zone area with a lane shift. While hardly a challenge for a human driver, these types of scenarios have proven to be challenging for Tesla vehicles in the past.

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.