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The Tesla Model S isn’t the first truly autonomous car on the road and available for sale to the public. We’re not there yet, just as a society.
In many ways, the Model S is the frontman of a generation, the face of a movement. With its special combination of insane electric performance, undeniable style, and forward-thinking tech, the Model S helped make electric vehicles seem normal, while remaining unique enough to carve out a niche for itself. It’s an imperfect and divisive machine, but we can all agree it’s been an incredibly important one as well. The electric vehicle is constantly being updated and improved. From performance to safety to self-driving tech, here’s everything we know about the luxury sedan.
In nearly every category of automotive technology, Tesla is ahead of the curve. From battery tech to autonomous driving aids to aerodynamics, Tesla stomps most mainstream automakers. Unfortunately, as a startup, some of the more practical features slip through the cracks. Case in point — automatic/rain-sensing windshield wipers. Just about every premium segment vehicle (and many high-optioned mass-market cars) offer or include as standard, rain-sensing wipers. Alas, Tesla Model S vehicles have been missing this feature, and owners were a bit upset.
AUTOPILOT CRASHES FUEL CONCERNS OVER AUTONOMY
Self-driving cars are an inevitable progression in the automotive climate, but it’s important to note that they’re not here yet. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a policy on automated vehicle development back in 2013, and it features five distinct levels of autonomy. Tesla classifies its vehicles as Level 2, which NHTSA defines as “automation of at least two primary control functions designed to work in unison.” A good example of this would be adaptive cruise control used in concert with lane keeping.