Tesla Autopilot has been developed with several software versions and hardware generations since 2014. The Autopilot systems are designed to assist the driver with the most burdensome part of driving. In present Autopilot has become safer and it offers more functionalities to driver and passengers. Tesla Autopilot will keep the car within a lane and change lanes without driver input match speed to traffic condition. As well as the car will park at the parking spot itself. However, the current Autopilot features need active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous.
History of Tesla Autopilot
Very first Autopilot model was offered on October 9, 2014, for Tesla Model S, followed by the Model X upon its release. At the time Autopilot systems are consist of semi-autonomous and parking capability features. Since that time Tesla Autopilot technologies has been upgraded with several hardware versions.
After that time period in mid-October 2015 as part of Tesla’s version 7.0 Software enabling Autopilot was released for customers as the first time. However, removing some features to discourage customers from engaging in risky behavior the software version 7.1 was released. This software version is consist of Summon remote parking technology that is able to move the car forward and backward without a driver
In August 2016 Tesla announced Autopilot 8.0 which uses radar as the primary sensor instead of the camera. In November 2016, Autopilot 8.0 was updated and required the more noticeable signal to the driver engage with the system touch the steering wheel more frequently and Autopilot had operated actively on hardware version1 vehicles by November 2016. Including adaptive cruise control, autosteer on divide highways and autosteer on ‘local roads’ Autopilot for Hardware Version 2 cars were coming in February 2017. Firmware version 8.1 for Hardware Version 2 cars arrived in 2017 adding full-speed braking and handling parallel and perpendicular parking and a new driving assist algorithm.
So, the latest updated Autopilot version of Tesla Autopilot was released by Tesla in April 2019. It was updated to Navigate on Autopilot, it does not require lane change confirmation. Under the driver’s supervision, the car is capable of navigating freeway interchanges on its own.
Advanced features of Tesla Autopilot cars
Advanced Sensor Coverage
This system has eight surround cameras capable of providing 360 degrees of visibility around the car at up to 250 meters of range. As well as the system consist of twelve updated ultrasonic sensors complements this vision. These sensors are allowing to detect of both hard and soft objects at nearly twice the distance of the prior system. The system more enhanced with a forward-facing radar with enhanced processing. This system provides additional data about the world on a redundant wavelength, So the system will be able to see through heavy rain, fog, dust and even the car ahead.
Higher data processing power
A new onboard computer with over 40 times the computing processing power of the previous generation runs sonar and radar processing software and new Tesla-developed neural net of vision. These radars and ultra-sonics feed information to the system and it will make sense of it all and the machine learning system make the decisions. With this system, the car will able to see in every direction simultaneously that a driver alone cannot access, so the system senses far beyond human senses. However, Artificial Intelligence is a key part of the feeding real-world data into self-driving algorithms.
Optimize the Route
Navigate on Autopilot will optimize the driver’s routes and the car will not get stuck behind slow cars or heavy vehicles. Likewise, Navigate on Autopilot automatically steer the car toward highway interchanges and exits based on driver destination.
Auto-steer and Enhanced Summon
Tesla Autopilot car will navigate tighter, more complex roads and routes with the support of the latest Tesla technologies, different sensors, new Tesla Vision Cameras, and high computing power. As well as with the help of Enhanced Summon, the Tesla Autopilot car will navigate more complex environments and parking spaces.
Safety Features – Tesla Autopilot
A Tesla car with Enhanced Autopilot is approximately 50% safer than an unassisted human driver and the system is getting safer. Tesla cars are consisting of active safety technologies.
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Side Collision Warning
- Auto High Beams
- Front Collision Warning
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