In an attempt to make their vehicles safer, Tesla has been working on a new and improved autopilot system, aptly named “Enhanced Autopilot.” Now, CEO Elon Musk has revealed just when we’ll get to see these new features.
In an announcement via Twitter, Musk has confirmed that Enhanced Autopilot will come in “about three weeks,” bundled with version 8.1 of Tesla’s operating system. The release will come through an over-the-air update, and upgrades to the software will roll out monthly in incremental portions.
@edwardsanchez about three weeks and it will get rolled out incrementally in monthly releases
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 27, 2016
According to Tesla:
“Enhanced Autopilot adds these new capabilities to the Tesla Autopilot driving experience. Your Tesla will match speed to traffic conditions, keep within a lane, automatically change lanes without requiring driver input, transition from one freeway to another, exit the freeway when your destination is near, self-park when near a parking spot and be summoned to and from your garage.”
This new hardware has twice the range of Tesla’s “Hardware 1” counterparts. The vehicles have new front, side, and rear cameras, and are able to see blindspots better.
These changes to Tesla’s vehicles will serve as a testbed for new systems to be adapted to the much-awaited Model 3s, expected on roads by mid 2018, which will supposedly have full Level 5 self-driving capabilities.