The idea is to use some of Tesla’s advanced sensor systems to prevent dooring incidents from happening
Tesla is known to continuously update the feature & feature sets on its vehicles to make the road safer for everyone. Naturally, this includes cyclists. Currently, different techniques are advised to protect bicyclists from “dooring,” an event which, when a door is opened, it may knock down a cyclist traveling right next to the vehicle. For example, the advocate group National Safety Council recommends far hand reach technique or the Dutch Reach to prevent dooring. This technique makes the driver uses the hand farthest from the door to open it. In turn, when the driver reaches across their body for the door handle, the body will naturally turn and give one a glimpse of the side mirror or the blind spot of the vehicle, allowing the driver to see whether an oncoming bike, traffic, or pedestrians might come in the way of the opened door. While definitely a good technique to use, it seems that Elon Musk has a better idea of how to prevent this.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 5. siječnja 2020.
In a recent Tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that a future update will help protect bicyclists from becoming a victim of unintended door openings. This comes VIA a Tweet by Burhan Halilov, a victim of dooring, who suggests using some of Tesla’s advanced sensor systems to prevent such incidents from happening. The Tesla anti-dooring feature would utilize the vehicle’s side cameras, allowing the vehicle to detect oncoming cyclists, pedestrians or any other would-be dooring victims, thus temporarily locking itself until the danger passes. And if you ask us, that’s quite an ingenious idea to a problem that has been the cause of many breaks & falls in urban surroundings for decades. Not bad Elon Musk, not bad.