Tesla customers rack up 1 billion miles driven on autopilot

Tesla says owners of its electric vehicles have driven 1 billion
miles using the company’s Autopilot driver-assistance feature – a
significant milestone for the automaker, which uses the collected data
to improve the software as a competitive advantage.

Tesla, which announced the mark in a Tweet today, has installed
Autopilot hardware on every car it’s produced since October 2014.

Autopilot is designed for use on highways, but the vehicles are
operating under diverse road and weather conditions around the world.
The resulting
trove of real-world miles acts as a feedback loop to the algorithms that
are constantly training the fleet of Tesla vehicles on the road how to
behave.

In the race toward full autonomy, not all miles are created equal.
There are semi-autonomous as well as fully self-driving ones; real-world
versus simulated; and those racked up on highways versus those in
trickier urban environments.

Chief executive officer

Elon Musk has promised to demonstrate a fully self-driving cross-country
road trip from Los Angeles to New York, but the timeline for when that
may happen has continually slipped.

Tesla tells drivers they must keep their hands on the steering wheel
and monitor the system at all times, but Autopilot has come under
scrutiny from regulators and consumer advocacy groups, including after a

fatal crash in March.

In May, Musk dismissed the notion that Autopilot
users involved in accidents have the mistaken belief that the system is
capable of fully-autonomous driving.

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