Tesla Autopilot Most Often Used For Highway-speed Driving, MIT Researchers Say

Tesla Autopilot Most Often Used For Highway-speed Driving, MIT Researchers Say

Wed, 05/30/2018

The MIT AgeLab's ongoing study of Tesla owners and their use of advanced vehicle technologies is profiled in USA Today:

"The MIT AgeLab, in an on-going study of 34 Tesla owners who volunteered for the project, found Autopilot was used during 36% of the miles driven by the 22-car test group (some cars are owned by couples). 

"That it's actually being used quite often by most drivers jibes with what [Elon] Musk has said," Bryan Reimer, Research Scientist at the MIT AgeLab and associate director of the New England University Transportation Center, told USA TODAY.

Drivers are most likely to use it for highway-speed driving, with the next biggest cluster between 25 and 45 miles per hour, Reimer said in an address Wednesday to the New England Motor Press Association's annual tech conference...

Reimer says that interviews with participants in other research test groups show a "glaring gap" in the understanding of automation and safety technology. He says that demands an increase in driver education on the part of stakeholders such as automakers, dealers and perhaps even licensing authorities."

Read the full story here.

 

 

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