Properly geared up Tesla automobiles can now recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs owing to a software update, the company began pushing out to owners over the weekend.
The software update had been available to a sliver of Tesla owners, a few of whom had posted videos of the brand new capability. Now, the EV manufacturer is pushing the software update (2020.12.6) to the broader fleet.
The feature, referred to as Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control, is designed to allow the autos to recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop indicators.
To be clear, Tesla EVs aren’t self-driving, and this feature has its limits. The feature slows correctly equipped Tesla autos to a stop when utilizing “traffic-aware cruise control” (Autosteer). The vehicle will slow for all detected traffic lights, including green, blinking yellow and off lights, based on the software program release notes.
As the vehicle approaches an intersection, a notification will indicate the intention to slow down. The vehicle will then start to slow down and stop at the red line shown on the driving visualization, which is on the middle screen.
Tesla warns in the release notes that “as with all Autopilot features, you must proceed to concentrate and be ready to take immediate action, including braking because this system might not stop for all traffic controls.”