Tesla’s New Enhanced Autopilot Is Coming In December
On the anvil since late last year, Tesla’s much awaited ‘Enhanced Autopilot’ update has been introduced across a select number of their vehicles – those that are equipped with the second-generation Autopilot hardware. However, know that this installation will only function in shadow mode for now. What it heralds in though, is the next logical step towards fully autonomous driving capabilities, something that Tesla plans to have in place by the end of this year.
The update has been introduced in those cars that run on the advanced Hardware 2 platform.
So, what does Enhanced Autopilot do?
Actually, quite a bit! The aim is to enhance the Tesla Autopilot driving experience, and the new introduction goes a long way towards the same by matching speed to traffic conditions, keeping within a lane, courtesy the Autosteer+ feature, that helps you navigate tricky roads with ease. Automatically changing lanes without the need for any input from the driver is also possible, which means that the car can now help you get around slow-moving vehicles on the freeway with ease. If that were not enough, you can seamlessly switch from one freeway (or highway) to another, or exit it altogether once your destination approaches. Forward collision warnings are also enabled for these vehicles.
To add to the list of conveniences, the ‘Seek’ mode in the Enhanced Autopilot function ensures that you can self-park once you approach a parking lot, and should you wish to summon the car to and from your garage, you can do so, using the ‘Smart Summon’ feature. Quite some list, isn’t it!
Has all of this gone live?
Well, not yet. These updates will be introduced in phases, and you will be able to enjoy them if you have a self-driving capability in your car. However, the makers promise that there is much to look out for, and cheer about, for once these changes are rolled out, you would notice a distinct difference once you are out driving.
The bottom line
Of course, while this says a lot about where the future of driverless cars is headed, experts warn that we are still far away from seeing fully autonomous cars on the road; something that is acknowledged by Tesla. At the time of this release, the manufacturer has made it amply clear that the newly introduced features would be rolled out in a measured and cautious manner, based not only on a phased rollout but also working with data that is an output of tackling any issues that may crop up, once the new features are live.
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by techtalks @TechTalks March 14, 2017 11:00 AM UTC