This has been going on for quite sometime now, guys. Can we have a fully functional autopiloting car already? Yes, because we might have some good news for you. Elon Musk has hinted on Tesla’s new and improved autopilot’s arrival next week.
Google, Uber and many others have already tried their luck at perfecting an autopilot system, but have achieved very little success.
In a tweet on Friday, Musk said that the company “might be ready to rollout most of Autopilot functionality for HW2 towards the end of next week.”
Here is the tweet:
Looks like we might be ready to rollout most of Autopilot functionality for HW2 towards the end of next week
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 23, 2016
In late November, Musk announced a mid-December launch date for the new features, though he did say they would get rolled out “incrementally”.
Cars with the Autopilot hardware, which includes eight cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors, started rolling out in October.
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However, the switch was confusing for some users, as the newer software actually didn’t have all the features that were present on the older cars.
This update should restore at least some of these.
Tesla calls their new autopilot “Enhanced Autopilot” (real innovative, I know). It basically has the same features as the previous version but with better accuracy.
Tesla highlights the following features for the update: matching speed to traffic conditions, keeping within a lane, automatically changing lanes without requiring driver input, transitioning from one freeway to another, exiting the freeway when the destination is near, self-parking when near a parking spot and the ability to summon the car to and from the owner’s garage.
In the most recent update by Tesla, Tesla owners will no longer be able to set Autopilot to go faster than the speed limit.
Think Tesla can achieve the perfect autopilot before Google or Uber? Let us know in the comments.