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Tesla’s Navigate feature is reportedly “less competent than a human driver”

One of the big selling points of Tesla vehicles aside from the electric engine is the car’s autonomous driving features.

Autopilot has long been a feature that drivers have used to make navigating the roads a bit easier but recently an update to Autopilot was introduced called Navigate.

Navigate gives some Tesla vehicles the ability to change lanes autonomously. Owners need to enable the feature and still have full control of the vehicle at all times.

However, Consumer Reports has revealed that in its testing, Navigate leaves much to be desired.

“The system’s role should be to help the driver, but the way this technology is deployed, it’s the other way around,” senior director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, Jake Fisher, said in a report.

“It’s incredibly nearsighted. It doesn’t appear to react to brake lights or turn signals, it can’t anticipate what other drivers will do, and as a result, you constantly have to be one step ahead of it,” Fisher added.

The crux of the report is that Navigate is not only dangerous but is more trouble than it is worth.

More than that, vice president of advocacy at Consumer Report, David Friedman, slammed Tesla and other automakers pushing for autonomous vehicles.

“Before selling these systems, automakers should be required to give the public validated evidence of that system’s safety—backed by rigorous simulations, track testing, and the use of safety drivers in real-world conditions,” Friedman said.

Of course this isn’t relevant to South Africans as we’re still waiting for the vehicle brand to be made available here but for any of our international readers, perhaps wait for Navigate to get an update before enabling it.

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