Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, made a major announcement regarding the release of their enhanced autopilot software. The software update will debut on Hardware 2 cars that enable the autopilot system.
Elon Musk Confirms the Release of the Autopilot Software
In a series of tweets, Musk clarified that the first 1,000 HW2 cars will be initially updated. The other HW2 vehicles not included will receive the “shadow mode” update, which refers to the autopilot algorithms.
The software will receive Forward Collision Warning, Low-Speed Autosteer in Beta mode and Traffic-Aware Cruise Control. If ever the initial 1,000 cars operate smoothly, the rest would follow suit with the update.
Moreover, the autopilot functionality will be rolling out by the end of the week. Musk stated that the update will enable Ludicrous+. This means that the updated HW2 cars will have an intense high-speed mode than what is currently being offered.
Tesla Moves Next-Gen Vehicles to a Fully Optimized Autopilot 2.0 System
A week before the announcement, Model X and S owners reported the effects of enhanced autopilot on their HW2 cars. Teslarati reported that the company is making steps to bring next-gen vehicles to Autopilot 2.0.
The car company will increase the speed limitation on the Autosteer feature. As of the moment, it is limited to 35 mph. The company will initiate a global rollout of the enhanced autopilot with this flagship feature. The new autopilot update collected enough driving data from its vehicles, and the autopilot algorithms captured data from the Model X and S cars.
According to InVerse, Hardware 1 vehicles are older than the HW2 models. HW1 cars run a complete autopilot system compared to its successor.
Eventually, the HW2 models will outmatch its predecessor: the HW1 models can use the Autosteer technology with speeds up to 90 mph; meanwhile, the HW2 vehicles will retain its 35 mph cap until the company gains more data. Hence, HW2 drivers can relax and let the Autosteer work during traffic jams but not on a highway.
The new program is moving forward despite its slow progress. The company’s end goal remains to focus on “self-driving capability,” and the new software is an incremental step towards its objective.