Sunday January 22, 2017

Tesla Autopilot Update Now Rolling Out With New Semi-Autonomous Features

Tesla vehicles with second-generation Autopilot hardware installed should be getting an update today that includes brand-new safety features such as a collision warning system, as well as refinements to steering and other pre-existing, autonomous functions. In a related article, Musk reveals that Tesla hardware revisions will likely be delivered annually.

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Among the changes are better navigation for Autosteer, the feature meant for use on roads with clearly visible lane markers, such as highways. Autosteer is now limited to speeds of 45mph and below, while traffic-aware cruise control (TACC), which makes small adjustments to the car’s speed based on the vehicle ahead, can be used up to speeds of 75mph. Other features include automatic lane changing for situations with slow-moving highway traffic. Tesla’s HW2 models are also getting the Forward Collision Warning (FCW) safety feature, which warns drivers with audio and visual alerts that the car will soon collide with an object. This is not to be confused with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), the feature that can automatically apply the brakes to avoid or reduce the impact of a collision, which is not part of this update.