A new video showing what Tesla Autopilot sees when navigating a construction zone gives an impressive look at Tesla’s evolving computer vision system.

Electrek, By Fred Lambert

© Electrek | Watch Tesla Autopilot handle a construction zone with traffic cones.


Tesla has been working on integrating construction zone navigation in Autopilot for a long time.

Back in 2017, code found in the Autopilot software showed that Tesla’s neural net is able to recognize construction zones and that the automaker is using its fleet to recognize and categorize obstacles and corner cases for Autopilot to navigate.

The latest update is mainly to render the traffic cones in the driving visualization and Navigate on Autopilot to manage the construction zones.

Now we get to see how Autopilot works in those construction zones.

Over the last few years, we started getting a much better understanding of what Tesla’s Autopilot can see thanks to the work of Tesla hackers ‘very green’ and ‘DamianXVI’.

With access to Tesla’s Autopilot ECU, they have been creating rare looks at what Tesla Autopilot can see and interpret since last year.

Now very green, also known as ‘green the only’, released a new look at a Tesla vehicle on Autopilot going through a construction zone:

What’s interesting is that the Autopilot computer vision system adjusts the drivable area (in green) based on the traffic cones and not the lines on the road, like it usually does.

As of now, Tesla’s Autopilot system has been primarily designed for highway driving, but CEO Elon Musk has recently said that it plans to include city driving by the end of the year.

The automaker has been using its large fleet to gather data on more corner cases and driving situations more difficult to navigate than regular highway driving.

As usual, we like to remind you that while these improvements to Autopilot are impressive, Tesla still requires drivers to stay attentive and be ready to take control at all times.

This article was originally published by Electrek.
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