Tesla Autopilot to Evolve to Completely Self-Driving in 3 to 6 Months

Tesla’s Autopilot software will transition from being an “Enhanced Autopilot” system to completely self-driving in three to six months.

Earlier this month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the automaker’s “Enhanced Autopilot” technology would be offered on all of its vehicles that are equipped with “Hardware 2.0.” The update, which was originally launched last December, includes updates to the vehicles’ ultrasonic sensors, cameras, and radar system.

The original plan was to put out periodical updates that would eventually lead to the electric automaker showcasing a fully self-driving vehicle at the end of 2017. A few days ago, Musk, who is no stranger to Twitter, took to his social media account to shed some light on the exact timeline of when drivers will be able to notice differences between its “Enhanced Autopilot” and “Full Self-Driving Capability.”

Besides providing a timeline for when the Tesla’s vehicles will be able to drive themselves, Musk didn’t provide any more information behind the technology’s transition.

At the moment, the electric automaker sells its “Enhanced Autopilot” separately from its “Full Self-Driving Capability” technology. While the most recent update has added the same eight-camera system, 360-degree ultrasonic hardware, and one radar tech to all of Tesla’s vehicles, the automaker only permits four of them to work for buyers that only purchase its “Enhanced Autopilot,” reports Electrek. The rest are enabled when drivers opt for the extra “Full Self-Driving Capability” hardware.

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Musk’s claim that vehicles equipped with Tesla’s self-driving Autopilot system will be ready within six months is a bold one, as the “Enhanced Autopilot” system found on vehicles with the automaker’s Hardware 2.0 isn’t on par with the Autopilot system found in vehicles with its Hardware 1.0. But the new system should improve as owners, and the automaker, log more miles with the hardware.

Tesla demonstrated what its completely autonomous system is capable of in a video last November. In the short clip, a Tesla Model X drives itself around Palo Alto, CA without any intervention from the driver. The technology that was showcased in the video, sounds extremely similar to what Tesla has in mind for a Tesla with “Full Self-Driving Capability.”

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The new technology, whenever it comes out, will surely help one of Tesla’s vehicles drive from Los Angeles to New York autonomously, which is something Musk claimed would be possible by the end of this year.


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