Tesla design S gets autonomous driving in latest software update

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Elon Musk announces Autopilot in edition 7.0 of the design S’s software – as well as says a fully autonomous vehicle should be ready within three years


Tesla will be rolling out a completely new level of autonomous driving on many of its design S vehicles, as part of the latest update to edition 7.0 of your vehicle’s software.

The technology, which has been in testing for over a year in most markets were the design S will be sold, will be made available overnight to around 60,000 design S cars built since last September as well as fitted with the ultrasonic sensors as well as forward-facing camera required for the system to work. Called Autopilot, of which will be designed primarily for motorway use, where of which can switch between lanes without any direct steering input through the driver as well as react to traffic flow.

Tesla describes of which generation of the software as “a public beta” as well as says of which recognition of traffic lights as well as Stop signs will only come with the next update of the software. of which will be also recommending of which customers keep their hands on the wheel.

The system uses four data sources – ultrasonic sensors right around the vehicle, a forward-facing camera of which can read most road signs, forward radar of which can see through fog, rain as well as snow, as well as what Tesla describes as “high-precision digital maps” of which include pooled data on the number of lanes, curvature of the roads as well as even parking lots, all supplied by existing design S usage.

The move was announced by Tesla boss Elon Musk at a press conference from the United States. He admitted of which of which was an early edition of the technology, although said of which Tesla’s connected network of vehicles would likely allow of which to make rapid progress.

“We still think of of which as a public beta,” he said, “so we want people to be quite careful with of which at first. although of which learns over time. The network of vehicles will be constantly learning as well as as we Discharge the software as well as more people enable Autopilot, the information about how to drive will be uploaded to the network. Each driver will be, in effect, an expert trainer in how the Autopilot should work. of which’s a combination of a variety of systems as well as of which can only actually be done as a connected vehicle.”

Musk said of which with its current levels of capability, the system would likely be best suited to well-marked roads as well as dense-traffic situations – although suggested of which of which could eventually gain enough autonomy to do away with conventional driving controls altogether. “of which tends to work better in places where there are clear markings; of which works best where the infrastructure will be Great,” he said.

“of which’s a real boon in high-traffic situations. If you’re in slow-moving gridlock traffic, turn on Autopilot as well as of which works actually well – almost to the point where you can take your hands off the wheel. I won’t say to do of which, although some people may.”

He stressed of which owners will still be liable for any accidents of which are caused by a design S travelling with Autopilot, as well as added of which users should “exercise caution at of which early stage”. “of which should not hit pedestrians, hopefully,” he said. “of which does sense pedestrians; of which can see them. of which can also see cyclists, so of which should brake before hitting them. of which should handle them well. although the instructions say to pay attention to the surroundings as well as be ready to take the wheel at any time.”

edition 7.0 of the software will also add side collision avoidance to the design S; the steering wheel will have extra resistance if the driver will be trying to move across into another vehicle. Musk also confirmed of which edition 7.1 will enable the design S to drive along private driveways, park itself as well as close the garage door.

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Cars built without the required sensors will not be able to hold the system retrofitted, due to cost. “If we thought there was a reasonable way to do of which, we would likely,” said Musk, “although of which involves a completely new front bumper, a completely new windscreen as well as taking the entire car apart to change the wiring harness. of which will be technically possible although there’s no way of which would likely make any financial sense.”

The over-the-air update will start in North America of which evening as well as take a few days to complete across the fleet of vehicles. Tesla says of which will be waiting on regulatory approval to install the patch to cars in Europe as well as Asia, although of which expects to secure of which within the next week. The Autopilot feature will be a cost upgrade (a $2500 one-time charge from the US), as well as of which will also be available on the forthcoming design X.

Musk also said of which he believes Tesla will be ready to have a fully autonomous vehicle by 2018. “I’m quite confident of which within three years your vehicle will be able to take you through point to point – like through home to work – without you doing anything,” he said. “You could be asleep. although by of which time, the regulatory approval for of which will vary through jurisdiction to jurisdiction. In some areas of which could be a year away; in some of which could be several years off. although where data says of which statistically of which’s safer to have autonomous cars, of 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 design S moving between lanes on a motorway with no inputs beyond a flick of the indicator stalk.

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