Tesla To Restrict Autopilot Features To Keep Drivers From Doing 'Crazy Things'

Nov 04, 2015 12:50 PM EST | John Nassivera

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced Wednesday that he plans to place restrictions on the Model S's Autopilot feature in order to keep drivers from performing stunts that could put their lives in danger.

The decision was made in response to the way that some drivers have been using the feature, as some have put their cars in autonomous model while speeding, as well as doing so while in the back seat, according to Engadget.

Musk said in a Q&A that Tesla will add "additional constraints" to Autopilot to keep owners from misusing it, though he didn't say what these limits would be or when they will be installed.

Musk also expressed his displeasure with finding "some fairly crazy videos" on YouTube involving the feature.

"This is not good," he said, adding that the constraints are intended to keep Model S owners from doing "crazy things," Ars Technica reported.

While most self-driving cars require the driver's hands to stay on the steering wheel and deactivate autonomous capabilities when the hands leave, Tesla's Autopilot will continue to function if drivers remove their hands. The electric car maker advises drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel when using the feature, though that currently isn't enforced in the software.

Despite Tesla's concern with the use of Autopilot, the feature has been gaining favorable attention, with Musk saying that the "early data is very positive... we're very aware of many accidents that were prevented by Autopilot, and not aware of any that were caused by Autopilot."

Tesla's announcement follows about a week after a video was put on YouTube showing Autopilot helping an Uber driver in Seattle avoid a car crash.

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