The Morning After: Tesla’s new Autopilot feature rolls out
Welcome to your weekend! Tesla owners with Autopilot equipped may have a new update to check out — after making sure their car is secure wherever it’s parked. We’ll also take a look back at several reviews this week for the iPhone XR, Galaxy Book 2, Google Home Hub and Red Dead Redemption 2.
When Tesla rolled out its 9.0 software to vehicles earlier this month, it held back one feature for some additional testing: Navigate on Autopilot. CEO Elon Musk tweeted that a beta test of the feature would begin rolling out Friday night. In a move that Musk has previously described as a time when “we will begin to enable full self-driving features,” it gives more control over to the car from highway on-ramp to off-ramp.
Drivers will need to enable the feature in their Autopilot menu, and it has four settings for speed based lane changes (Disabled, Mild, Average, or Mad Max) that the car will perform after suggesting a move to the driver and receiving confirmation.
A Tesla owner who recorded thieves stealing his Model S by hacking the passive entry system has published the video on YouTube, so we can all watch and learn. It shows the crooks using a tablet to apparently capture the passive signal from his keyfob, then using the data to open the vehicle. The problem? The owner never activated a PIN-to-drive feature that would have required a code to get the vehicle going.