Published: Thu, January 26, 2017
Research | By Elizabeth Houston

Tesla just ramped up its Autopilot system

Tesla just ramped up its Autopilot system

"Unfortunately, that would require stripping down the entire vehicle and replacing 300+ parts", responded Musk.

On Saturday Musk warned customers who were about to have access to the newly downloaded software package that there might be a need to adjust the hardware-specifically the angle of the cameras.

Tesla had said in the past that drivers must acknowledge that Autopilot is an "assist feature" that requires both hands on the wheel at all times, and they must be prepared to take over at any time.

It's official: if you own a new Tesla, you can start trying out improved Autopilot features. "It's not that they can't-it's just that they won't", said Ramsey.

Musk was asked on Twitter that when will the self-driving features depart from the now used Enhanced Autopilot feature to which he replied: "maybe three months, six months definitely". The company is validating its software "from the ground up", and this past weekend, Tesla rolled out a speed-restricted version of its Autopilot driver assist software for Tesla cars equipped with HW2.

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As Tesla polishes its software, it will loosen the reins on what drivers can do.

Automatic headlamps: Turns on the headlights automatically when it gets dark. People are buying the wrong vehicle if they expect this. It's a new approach in a safety critical area, so traditionally bullish Tesla is moving carefully. Now, they can steer themselves at speeds up to 45 miles per hour.

Tesla validated the first version of Autopilot silently for months, running the software in "shadow mode," testing in the background and allowing the company to check its work without actually taking control of a auto. That code ran in what Tesla calls Shadow Mode, collecting data and comparing the human driver's actions to what the computer would have done. With an addiction to continuous improvement, however, Tesla continue to make major changes as quickly as possible.

Tesla's recent customers are surely happy they now have forward collision warning, stop and go cruise control, and Autosteer, even if it's no use at highway speeds.

Another Twitter user, @dtweiseth, then joined the conversation to beg Musk for a "refurb" assembly line, allowing owners of older cars to be able to more easily enjoy the company's newer technology rollouts without having to buy a new vehicle.

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