Tesla has built a reputation for creating some of the most advanced autonomous vehicles over the last few years, and a recent experiment by a YouTuber who goes by the name ‘Whole Mars Catalog‘, proves just how far the company has come.
The experiment by Whole Mars Catalog involved driving a Telsa Model 3 equipped with the Full Self-Driving beta feature from San Francisco to Los Angeles, all with [mostly] no human intervention.
The experiment started in San Francisco and saw the Model 3 complete the five-hour, 600 km journey to Los Angeles in one go. The run would have been fully completed by the vehicle’s Self-Driving beta feature, but the driver was forced to intervene when it crossed into LA to avoid debris on the road. Other than that minor interference, the run was pretty much near-perfect, with the vehicle automatically stopping at the appropriate times, making legal lane-changes, and even crossing four-way intersections.
It must be noted that Whole Mars Catalog only took control of the vehicles because he felt the car might not have been able to navigate around the debris. It is however possible that the Model 3 would have been able to move out of the way of the debris in time, but testing that theory out on public roads would have been quite dangerous.
Take a look at the journey below:
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