Some Countries Can’t Have Tesla Autopilot Yet

Though last week’s software update has unlocked “autopilot” capabilities on newer Tesla Model S sedans, some countries have yet to give the technology the green light.

Included in the 7.0 software update is a new user interface with a range of self-driving features. These allow any capable Model S to steer itself down the highway, change lanes and even automatically swerve to avoid obstacles.

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The update was set to begin last Thursday, according to CEO Elon Musk, and was supposed to take about five days to reach all U.S. Model S sedans and the handful of Model X crossovers around the world. Somewhat more time was implied for the rest of the world, and a tweet yesterday from Musk said the company is awaiting “regulatory approval” from Europe and Asia before the company can unlock autopilot in those areas. He doesn’t elaborate the specific countries, adding only that Tesla will “hopefully get the ok in the next few weeks.”

With no government officials stepping forward as of yet to explain their concerns or deliberations over Tesla’s autopilot, it’s difficult to determine exactly where the issues are and when a resolution may arise. It also seems peculiar, as Steve Hanley notes on Teslarati, that Tesla didn’t have full approval for the self-driving software before the company announced its release.

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“Did Tesla get sandbagged by administrators in other countries into thinking it had the official OK to move forward with the Version 7.0 update, only to be informed at the last minute that there would be delays in securing the needed approvals?” he asked.

We’ll continue to follow the story, and report when we learn more about the allowance of autopilot in these overseas markets.