Tesla will be releasing an update for its autopilot features as it surges on towards its goal of releasing a fully automated vehicle.
Tesla Motors is a Palo Alto, California-based energy storage and automaker company. Founded in 2003, the company has come to specialize in electric cars and their related components.
As such, the carmaker also produces powertrain components and battery recharging equipment.
Tesla is no stranger to innovation as it was both hailed and contested for some of its products. Just recently, the car maker was put to the question for its advertising techniques by the German Ministry of Transportation.
As the claim that the autopilot feature could be misleading, the statement could have also been related to the fatal Tesla car crash which took place in May.
Tesla first started offering an autopilot feature, or more exactly a semi-autonomous driver assist back in September 2014.
The system was capable of detecting lane markings, road signs, other surrounding vehicles, and possible obstacles.
A further option, the “Tech Package” feature, started being offered as of October 2015 and included two new abilities.
These allowed the car system’s semi-autonomous drive, which is called Summon, and also enabled its self-parking capabilities, which were named AutoPark.
In a tweet last week, on Friday, one of the Tesla Co-founders, billionaire Elon Musk, revealed that the current system will be getting an update.
The first Enhanced Autopilot features are expected to roll out sometime in December this year, in about a three weeks time.
Enhanced autopilot features will come as part of the Autopilot 8.1 update which will also become available to existing users.
Although current vehicle owners will see a slower update of the system, new cars will get it automatically. The new features are considered a step forward in achieving a full, self-driven vehicle.
The Enhanced option will feature a smarter system as the autopilot will be able to navigate through harder, more complex road systems.
With the current self-driving system being available only for motorways, the update should make it safe for driving on other roads as well.
This will be made possible by the new Autosteer+ feature which will be able to drive through tighter roads as it will have more sensitive sensors.
An enhanced autopilot will also be able to automatically change lanes on dual carriageways. It will also have a slip road to ramp exits on motorways autonomy.
The autopilot features will also include a more intelligent Smart Summon system. As it will probably be based on Autosteer+, the vehicle will be able to navigate through more complex environments so as to reach its driver’s call.
As Tesla is seeking to develop a fully autonomous vehicle, the future is at once close and far away.
By the end of 2017, the Enhanced Autopilot features should be able of driving a vehicle from one US Coast to the other without human interventions.
With the new autopilot features marking a step closer to their goal, the carmaker will still have to respect the current laws.
Still, in expecting a change in laws, Elon Musk declared that an exact date for a fully self-driving car is as yet unavailable.
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