How Will Tesla’s New Self-Driving Car Impact the Community?

How Will Tesla’s New Self-Driving Car Impact the Community?

Kyle Hedge, Staff Writer

Ever since Tesla first introduced autopilot in October 2014, it has made roads safer. Over the years, there has been many upgrades to autopilot. Now, Tesla is releasing the full self-driving compatibility, so how will this impact the community? Will this create accident free roads?

So how does this work? The vehicle uses a feature called LIDAR, which uses light waves instead of radio waves. The LIDAR instrument fires rapid pulses of laser light at a surface, some at up to 150,000 pulses per second. A sensor on the instrument measures the amount of time it takes for each pulse to bounce back. The sensor can measure up to 160m ahead of the car.

“Through the sand, snow, fog, and pretty much almost anything,” stated Elon Musk, CEO, cofounder, and product architect of Tesla, in regards to the performance of said lasers.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that it’s autopilot will ‘soon’ support traffic lights, stops, and roundabouts. It is also said to have lane changes on the highway and takeoff-ramps and interchanges. Also, there is a phone app one can use to park a Tesla in or retrieve from a home garage or driveway. With all these new features, it will be sure to impress most people.


It is recorded that over 90% of road accidents are caused by human error (mistakes behind the wheel by people), which has led to many deaths/injuries. Self-driving cars could mean less demand for emergency response services, expensive insurance premiums, and not to mention savings in accident-related health care for everyone.

It would cost $5,000 to add the enhanced self driving feature, but one would have to pay an additional $4,000 for the full self-driving feature. If you already bought the car with this feature, it would cost $3,000. It would be better to buy the car with this feature if one would buy this.