Tesla drivers can now use self-driving in Toronto

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Tesla Drivers Can Now Use Self-Driving in Toronto

According to Ontario Safety League, Congestion and Roadworks Roads, pedestrians and other motorists are, in addition to streetcars, as many obstacles to autonomous driving in downtown Toronto.

< p class="styled__StyledLegend-sc-v64krj-0 cfqhYM">Tesla previously claimed streetcars in downtown Toronto were disrupting the operation of its self-driving system (on file).

Electric vehicle maker Tesla has unlocked the driving feature self-driving for downtown Toronto, but police urge drivers to be careful.

Tesla had blocked the use of its Autopilot system south of the Bloor-Danforth thoroughfare in March, supposedly because streetcars, which stop and go in the middle of streets, were disrupting traffic. operation.

The company unlocked autopilot this week, without giving an explanation.

Vehicle owners Tesla raves about it on social media, but some road safety activists are worried.

“There is a significant risk until we have a better understanding of how [Tesla's Autopilot] algorithm works.

— Brian Patterson, Group President, Ontario Safety League

According to Brian Patterson, Group CEO, Ontario Safety League, congestion and construction In addition to streetcars, pedestrians and other motorists are barriers to autonomous driving in downtown Toronto.

He urges the Queen City to raise the issue with the province, which regulates this sector. The Department of Transportation refuses to say whether Tesla consulted with it before unlocking its self-driving mode for downtown Toronto.

Toronto police say that Tesla doesn't need provincial government approval, because self-driving is “already legal” in Ontario.

Cst Sean Shapiro notes, however, that driver supervision remains mandatory.

“Now is not the time to get out your cell phone.

— Sean Shapiro, Toronto Police Spokesperson

He points out that a driver in autonomous mode who uses a smartphone while driving is liable to #x27;a fine, just like other motorists.

With information from CBC

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