A picture of the instrument cluster of a Tesla Model S has been circulating on Tesla forums and Facebook groups following the company’s latest Autopilot update which brought the ‘Enhanced Autopilot’ feature to new cars with the second generation hardware.
After checking with Tesla, we can confirm that a vestigial version of the feature could have made its way in a build released to the first 1,000 cars with the new hardware this weekend, but it wasn’t intended to be in the latest customer build since the system still doesn’t act on the stop signs.
It shouldn’t be in the latest version available, but if owners can see that the Autopilot detects stop signs, they shouldn’t try to let the system stop for them.
Tesla has a self-driving build of its software for the latest Autopilot hardware suite that can detect and act on intersections with stop signs as demonstrated in recently released videos, but the feature is still only part of the development program of its fully self-driving system and not intended for the ‘Enhanced Autopilot’.
The new trifocal front-facing camera system in the cars with the second generation Autopilot is capable of reading any road sign and traffic lights, but the current version of ‘Enhanced Autopilot’ is intended for use on highways and in traffic, not to handle intersections.
The first phase of ‘Enhanced Autopilot’ is going to be pushed to more cars this week, but owners shouldn’t expect to have the stop signs being displayed on the instrument cluster. They will still get several Autopilot features like Traffic Aware Cruise Control feature, Forward Collision Warning, and Autosteer, but it will only be enabled at “low-speed” as a beta feature.
New updates every few months will introduce new and improved features powered by the hardware suite and ‘Tesla Vision‘.