Tesla Update Enables Cars to Automatically Drive Through Green Lights
It was previously reported that Tesla was planning to improve its recently released Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control feature by getting rid of the existing green light confirmation. Now, we now have a first look at the Autopilot characteristic in action thanks to a Tesla Model 3 owner.
Tesla calls the feature "Go on Green," and the vehicle must be trailing another vehicle not to need affirmation from the driver.
Affirming navigation by pressing the driver's stalk or pressing the accelerator pedal
Originally, the car would stop at all traffic lights, regardless of the stage they were at. To continue through an intersection, the driver had to provide confirmation by either pressing the driver's stalk or lightly pressing the accelerator pedal.
This confirmation process was a precaution, as told by Tesla.
Software Update 2020.24.6 release notes
Software Update 2020.24.6 has gotten rid of this feature for drivers who use FSD with Hardware 3, and the release notes state:
"The Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control feature no longer requires explicit driver confirmation of pushing down the gear selector to continue straight through an intersection for green lights when there is a lead vehicle ahead of you. The stop line in the driving visualization will now turn green to indicate the car will continue through an intersection."
"Please continue to pay attention and be ready to take immediate action, including braking because this feature may not stop for all traffic controls. This feature will not attempt to turn through intersections but over this, as we continue to learn from the fleet, the feature will control more naturally."
Currently only available in the U.S.
As of this writing, the feature is only available in the U.S. Autopilot and Self-Driving functions are to be released later in International markets than the U.S. since driving laws can vary greatly.
The video shared by mouser58907 shows his Tesla Model 3 navigating through green lights without needing a confirmation that it is safe to travel through it.