When Autopilot was first released, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that each Model S owner was an “expert trainer” for the system, which meant that the Autopilot would essentially learn from each user simply just by driving. Weeks after its release, owners are already reporting that the system is already self-improving. One user said that at first, Autopilot would take an exit on the highway that it wasn’t supposed to. After only a few days the Tesla owner said that “it gave only a very slight hesitation, so little that I did not have to correct it at all. I find it remarkable that it is improving this rapidly.”
Although Tesla does recommend using Autopilot along roads that have aggressive curves, even drivers that do have noticed that the system is already adapting. One user reports that “the first time it took the curve at full speed and wasn’t able to stay in lane, resulting in a “take control immediately” alert. After a few more times on this curve with firm pressure on the steering wheel it’s now learned to slow down and today had no issue taking the curve.” An Autopilot software update that will bring further improvements to its capacity to self-improve is coming soon.