Tesla’s driver-assisted Autopilot tech is now available in the UAE

You can even sign up for a test-drive to experience it yourself

03 September 2017
by Stuff Staff

Are you the proud owner of one of Tesla’s awesome electric cars? First off, colour us jealous, and secondly, have we got news for you.

The upstart vehicle manufacturer announced earlier today that its popular Autopilot feature is now finally available in the UAE.

“What’s Autopilot?” we hear you exclaim. Well, if you have to ask you were probably lying about owning a Tesla, but it’s cool, allow us to explain.

Autopilot is a feature built into the hardware all of Tesla’s cars (that’s the Model S, Model X and the upcoming Model 3) that essentially gives them self-driving capabilities at a safety level that is substantially greater than that of a human driver.

It uses a combination of eight surround cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors to provide 360 degrees of visibility at up to 250 metres of range.

Currently, regulations aren’t in place to allow you to, say, travel down Sheikh Zayed Road completely autonomously (that will hopefully come in time), however Tesla does provide what’s called an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) and should give drivers more confidence behind the wheel, increase safety on the road, and make highway driving overall much more enjoyable.

It’s important to note that you’ll still have to pay attention and be ready to take charge of the steering wheel should the need arise.

Any new Tesla bought in the UAE from now on will come with the feature activated, whilst existing owners can expect it to be pushed out to their vehicles via a software update.

You can see it in action in the video below and, if you want to try it for yourself, Tesla are offering Autopilot test-drive sessions at their Dubai showroom.

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