Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.
Tech News 10th November 2015 1158

Autopilot Advice Is Wheely Good..Tesla-Model-S

Almost silently, it has now become legal to use a vehicle without direct driver control on UK roads.

Tesla Model S cars fitted with its Autopilot software have been given regulatory approval to drive under control across much of the globe. This was somewhat unexpected.

While Tesla started rolling out cars that had the capability to run Autopilot over a year ago, the software was not ready and was only made available for downloading to the cars, through an on-board SIM card, a few weeks ago. Autopilot allows the car to steer itself to follow road lanes and to park.

With a quick nudge of the wheel from the driver, it can also check that it is safe to overtake and change lanes to complete the manoeuvre.

In less than a week since the green light was given to deploy it, You Tube has been able to show Autopilot in action.

Pop ‘Autopilot shave’ into Google to see German radio host Wolfgang Leikermoser have a quick electric razoring and chomp his breakfast with his feet up while cruising along the autobahn. Another film claimed that Autopilot saved a taxi driver from a potentially fatal crash as it brought him to a swift halt when another car suddenly veered across his path.

Use ‘Autopilot Uber’ to catch that one.

However, other drivers have reported issues, such as a car which tried the leave the highway at every possible exit.

Regulators are, for the time being at least, encouraging Model S drivers to keep their hands on near the steering wheel at all times. The rest of us may also be hoping that they do.

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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