The end of summer 2016 was marked with Elon Musk’s statement that his company is ready to bring in some improvements into Tesla’s Autopilot technology. And these changes are to be introduced within a couple of weeks or a little longer. The aim is to improve the very processing principle for data received and then delivered by Autopilot’s radar system. On his Twitter page, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has promised today to give some more information on what upgrades are going to be there in the version 8.0.
The start of the Autopilot project was in October 2015, and now the software uses various hardware (such as radars, cameras and sensors) to process the information and picture around a self-driving vehicle and instantly work out the best possible solution of how to behave in this or that situation. However, the software is not that widespread and can be found only on the company’s Model S and Model X.
However, Autopilot seems to be not that safe yet. A couple of months earlier Tesla Motors disclosed the details of a road accident engaging a vehicle with the built-in Autopilot system. The self-driving car crashed into a tractor-trailer since the autonomous system failed to detect the latter because of its while color that appeared to be unreadable with a light blue sky as a background. Some drivers whose cars are equipped with Autopilot claim that the system doesn’t function correctly and leads to car accidents. However, the self-driving car manufacturer hasn’t agreed with most of these complaints.
Meanwhile, Tesla always points out that the company will use every effort to improve the autonomous software, though it will need time and detailed feedback from the side of Tesla car owners. Once the Autopilot was launched, the company made a decision to bring some improvements to the system, while disabling a number of other functions. Considering the Autopilot software a great chance for driverless navigation, some Tesla car owners were practicing absolutely autonomous driving refusing to control the wheel. But the company has always warned its customers to avoid hands-free driving.
Today Tesla offers over-the-air update of its software system, which makes it extremely convenient for the company’s customers.
Today’s new improvements of Autopilot will include better processing of received signals that will help a vehicle to scan the objects that can be barely seen because of weather conditions.