Tesla Autopilot brings autonomous driving to product S
Source : Tesla Autopilot brings autonomous driving to product S
Elon Musk announces Autopilot in product 7.0 of the product S’s software – along with says a fully autonomous vehicle should be ready within three years
Tesla is actually rolling out a completely new level of autonomous driving on many of its product S vehicles, as part of the latest update to product 7.0 of the vehicle’s software.
The technology, which has been in testing for over a year in most markets where the product S is actually sold, will be made available overnight to around 60,000 product S cars built since last September along with fitted with the ultrasonic sensors along with forward-facing camera required for the system to work. Called Autopilot, which is actually designed primarily for motorway use, where which can switch between lanes without any direct steering input coming from the driver along with react to traffic flow.
Tesla describes which generation of the software as “a public beta” along with says which recognition of traffic lights along with Stop signs will only come with the next update of the software. which is actually also recommending which customers keep their hands on the wheel.
The system uses four data sources – ultrasonic sensors right around the vehicle, a forward-facing camera which can read most road signs, forward radar which can see through fog, rain along with snow, along with what Tesla describes as “high-precision digital maps” which include pooled data on the number of lanes, curvature of the roads along with even parking lots, all supplied by existing product S usage.
The move was announced by Tesla boss Elon Musk at a press conference inside United States. He admitted which which was an early product of the technology, yet said which Tesla’s connected network of vehicles might allow which to make rapid progress.
“We still think of which as a public beta,” he said, “so we want people to be quite careful with which at first. yet which learns over time. The network of vehicles is actually constantly learning along with as we Discharge the software along with more people enable Autopilot, the information about how to drive is actually uploaded to the network. Each driver is actually, in effect, an expert trainer in how the Autopilot should work. which’s a combination of a variety of systems along with which can only truly be done as a connected vehicle.”
Musk said which with its current levels of capability, the system might be best suited to well-marked roads along with dense-traffic situations – yet suggested which which could eventually gain enough autonomy to do away with conventional driving controls altogether. “which tends to work better in places where there are clear markings; which works best where the infrastructure is actually not bad,” he said.
“which’s a real boon in high-traffic situations. If you’re in slow-moving gridlock traffic, turn on Autopilot along with which works truly well – almost to the point where you can take your hands off the wheel. I won’t say to do which, yet some people may.”
He stressed which owners will still be liable for any accidents which are caused by a product S travelling with Autopilot, along with added which users should “exercise caution at which early stage”. “which should not hit pedestrians, hopefully,” he said. “which does sense pedestrians; which can see them. which can also see cyclists, so which should brake before hitting them. which should handle them well. yet the instructions say to pay attention to the surroundings along with be ready to take the wheel at any time.”
product 7.0 of the software will also add side collision avoidance to the product S; the steering wheel will have extra resistance if the driver is actually trying to move across into another vehicle. Musk also confirmed which product 7.1 will enable the product S to drive along private driveways, park itself along with close the garage door.
Cars built without the required sensors will not be able to develop the system retrofitted, due to cost. “If we thought there was a reasonable way to do which, we might,” said Musk, “yet which involves a completely new front bumper, a completely new windscreen along with taking the entire car apart to change the wiring harness. which is actually technically possible yet there’s no way which might make any financial sense.”
The over-the-air update will start in North America which evening along with take a few days to complete across the fleet of vehicles. Tesla says which is actually waiting on regulatory approval to install the patch to cars in Europe along with Asia, yet which expects to secure which within the next week. The Autopilot feature will be a cost upgrade (a $2500 one-time charge inside US), along with which will also be available on the forthcoming product X.
Musk also said which he believes Tesla will be ready to have a fully autonomous vehicle by 2018. “I’m quite confident which within three years the vehicle will be able to take you coming from point to point – like coming from home to work – without you doing anything,” he said. “You could be asleep. yet by which time, the regulatory approval for which will vary coming from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. In some areas which could be a year away; in some which could be several years off. yet where data says which statistically which’s safer to have autonomous cars, which’s the point where regulators will be happy to have them.”
The Autopilot technology has already been demonstrated by some of the early adopters who are fed beta versions of the Tesla software. YouTube footage posted by owners shows a product S moving between lanes on a motorway with no inputs beyond a flick of the indicator stalk.
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