As it got clear on October 19, 2016, Tesla Motors made a statement that welcomed new vehicles manufactured by the company that were going to contain all possible driverless features that Tesla could offer to its customers. Now the company was ready to produce all new cars with this self-driving technology preinstalled. The self-driving car suit consists of eight cameras providing a 360-degree panoramic picture of the surroundings with an ability to see objects at a distance of over 800 feet. Moreover, a dozen of ultrasonic sensors that the suit has can both detect objects and their characteristics. An improved radar that scans the road in front of the car can effectively work in rainy and foggy conditions, as well as in deserts.
Driverless Technology with a Difference
Now all future Tesla cars will have this updated software, as the company’s CEO Musk told. However, the vehicles won’t be 100% autonomous. Tesla Motors still worries about the system’s safety, so its self-driving cars need to be tested by the real customers and in real-life conditions to become fully driverless.
Right now the company’s head executive says Tesla self-driving cars show the 5th level of autonomy, which is already much greater than anyone could expect. Engineers will make a number of safety features inaccessible, unlike in older Tesla cars. It is a temporary measure, and the features will get accessible in the future after validation.
As it has already become a tradition for Tesla now, the current updated is planned to be provided over-the-air, and even owners of old Autopilot versions will have an opportunity to get their update.
Unfortunately, experts do not see this update as something revolutionary and completely new. Neither will the customers use the updated software at the very same moment. Moreover, the company and its CEO tell nothing about the negative testing of Teslas being absolutely sure there is hardly any other system that could bring your driving under control and minor car accidents engaging the company’s self-driving vehicles are just small mistakes.
CEO Musk is absolutely sure the new system now has everything anyone could need for autonomous driving. The hardware is built on a basis of the Nvidia Drive PX 2, which is a very powerful unit.
Another great event the audience will wait for will be a public demonstration of Tesla’s driverless functions and features by late 2017.
Version 2.0 to drive the hardware
The first days of January 2017 were marked with some great news telling that Mr. Musk offers a thousand of his customers to use the latest update of Autopilot in real life on their vehicles.
However, the offer is limited. The software – its new version in particular – will drive the updated hardware that was introduced in October. The manufacturer wants to make sure the whole system works perfectly with no malfunctioning before bringing the Autopilot version 8.1 update to every car.
Right now some of the new features are in beta mode, which will require drivers to be extremely careful on the road not relying upon the Autopilot technology completely.
To name just a few new functions, a customer will see a function of warning a driver, when the distance between his car and a vehicle in front of it gets too little. The smart software will allow now to detect the speed of other cars on the road giving a hint to a driver to slow down or drive faster.