Normally we see Tesla Autopilot being tested on the highway or city streets where there are clear road markings but in the following video, a bunch of Tesla owners tests this self-driving functionality on a race track on a Tesla Model Y Performance.
This is a private race track owned by Out of Spec Motoring who previously also tested the same car if it can drift or not, the team’s final verdict was that the “Tesla Model Y Performance rips through the track like a rally car“.
While testing the Model Y on Tesla Autopilot, we can witness that the vehicle handles most of the turns easily except for that sharp ~180° one at the nose of the race track, for ease of understanding I traced the race circuit using Photoshop (see image below).
Tesla has been making continuous improvements to its vehicles overall but especially to the Autopilot features, as the new over-the-air updates are coming, the self-driving software is able to detect more objects and handle different road conditions — the recent Tesla firmware update 2020.12.6 added the ability to read traffic lights and stop signs and in a further update, the car can also detect pedestrians (on foot or bicycle, watch the following video for demo).
Although there are no road signs and road markings to detect in the testing conditions, Model Y Autopilot successfully able to detect and avoid the traffic cones laying on the side of its path, very impressive to look at when the car’s center touchscreen also shows the cones in the visualization in the exact spot as it passes by.
The team also filmed some great drone shots of the Tesla Model Y driving on the race track at the end of the video.