Tesla Enhanced Autopilot feature will start rolling out from mid-December

Nov 28, 2016, 3:33 pm

Pranjali D.

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Those who got the Model S or X with new hardware and upset not getting complete features announced earlier here is the reason you should be happy. Tesla is working on a new software for the Tesla Model S or X automaker’s brand-new self-driving-ready hardware which Elon Musk, CEO of the company said to be rolled out in “incrementally in monthly releases”.

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Both the model comes with the self-driving ready hardware but it also doesn’t even have driver assist features on par with Tesla’s first generation of Autopilot. To overcome this problem company is rebuilding the features based on the new systems using its own new generation ‘Tesla Vision’ image processing architecture.

Enhanced Autopilot adds these new capabilities to the Tesla Autopilot driving experience. Your Tesla will match speed to traffic conditions, keep within a lane, automatically change lanes without requiring driver input, transition from one freeway to another, exit the freeway when your destination is near, self-park when near a parking spot and be summoned to and from your garage.-Tesla

Tesla is implementing these features in version 8.1 of Tesla’s operating system through an over-the-air update within three weeks. We expect that ‘On-ramp to Off-ramp’ capability should be available in the first-generation autopilot vehicles with version 8.1.

The ‘Autosteer’ feature on the second-generation Autopilot vehicle will become ‘Autosteer+’ and should be more efficient at automatically steering the vehicle with now 3 front-facing cameras instead of one. The two generation models will look like same after updation but the difference will become greater starting from there with what Musk is referring to as “monthly releases”.

The new version will have some other features like “Smart Summon” designed for driverless driving in more complex situations than the current version, which is limited to forward and reverse driving with only slight course adjustments. Hopefully, Tesla will make available all these incremental improvements to eventually lead to fully self-driving capability at the end of 2017.

Source: Edward Sanchez

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