Published: Tue, January 03, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Merle Christensen

Tesla begins autopilot update rollout for new-gen models

Tesla begins autopilot update rollout for new-gen models

Moving forward with recent Hardware 2 models in October 2016, Tesla's original plan for "Enhanced Autopilot" (Autopilot 2.0) was to achieve autonomy somewhere between Level 3 to 4.

If things run smoothly in these 1,000 cars, the company will gradually introduce the features to all the new vehicles over the next few weeks. These are the ones built since October.

Tesla ended the year with a soft roll out of its Enhanced Autopilot feature to vehicles equipped with Autopilot 2.0 self-driving hardware.

Most Tesla vehicles now on the roads have the first-generation hardware (HW1).

Details for the Enhanced Autopilot features can be seen in the following release notes from Imgur via TMC. The newer Tesla vehicles did not have some of the Autopilot features initially, including automatic lane guidance and emergency braking.

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Last week, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) chief executive Elon Musk kept new Model S and Model X owners updated with the upcoming software update, which will start bringing their vehicles with new self-driving hardware to parity with the first-gen Autopilot.

Model X owner Ji Chang Son filed a lawsuit against Tesla on Friday, claiming his vehicle suddenly accelerated as he was parking it in his garage.

First generation Autopilot was released on October of 2014.

We've designed these new Autopilot features to give you more confidence behind the wheel, increase your safety on the road, and make driving in traffic less frustrating. These type of delayed update is understandable because the newer models have more latest sensor hardware than the older models but it also suggest that you should get used to gaps between updates of different models, Specially when they will rollout hardware-specific features.

While the over-the-air (OTA) update includes some of the main Autopilot features, like Auto-steer, Forward Collision Warning, and Traffic Aware Cruise Control (TACC), they can be activated at a "low speed", the publication cited a source close to the update. Mobileye released a statement in September that highlighted their safety concerns concerning the Autopilot feature. The "Autopilot 1" will be responsible for bringing out the capability of "self-driving" to Tesla Motors' products.

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