Video showing Tesla self-driving down busy streets is as strange as it is amazing

It's impressive. And scary.
  • Tesla’s Full Self-Driving mode is only available in Beta but it works rather well
  • The car can effortlessly navigate the busy streets of San Francisco
  • It even negotiates unforeseen obstacles such as illegally parked cars

Published on Jan 23, 2024 at 12:28PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Jan 24, 2024 at 1:23PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Adam Gray
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A Tesla owner shared footage of a driverless drive in the middle of San Francisco, around Chestnut Street, and it’s impressive.

And a little bit spooky.


Tesla’s Full Self-Driving is only available in Beta mode but, evidently, it more or less works.

In the video, which was uploaded by a Tesla owner who goes by Whole Mars Catalog on YouTube, you can see the self-driving Tesla navigating the streets of San Francisco without any interaction from the driver.

Other owners had previously shared similar clips, but this is much longer and, more importantly, it’s in a different context.

Almost every time a self-driving Tesla video was filmed it was on a semi-deserted highway, whereas this one was filmed in a busy city.

The video lasts 3 minutes and 33 seconds but it’s slightly accelerated, so realistically we’re probably looking at a 7- or 8-minute drive.

The car seamlessly deals with empty streets, busy streets, pedestrian crossings, and even illegally parked cars.

The future looks nice – and scary.

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