As Tesla is reportedly close to finishing its Autopilot 2.0 update that will remove the speed restrictions and bring the system to parity with the first generation, we get a good look at the latest version of Autopilot on the new hardware suite through a 30-minute drive by a Model S owner.
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Håkan Forss from Sweden takes us on local road and highways south of Stockholm’s city center in this interesting unedited video.
He tests the latest version of Autosteer and TACC on Tesla’s second generation Autopilot hardware suite with the 126.96.36.199.3 software update, which he refers to as a “great improvement” on the previous update.
As we recently reported, Tesla increased Autopilot 2.0 speed limits with an update last week, but it’s not the “full speed” of the first generation Autopilot with the Mobileye system. The company is still trying to make those features work safely on its own in-house ‘Tesla Vision’ image processing system.
While the new gen is rapidly trying to catch up in accumulated mileage of data to the first gen, it’s apparently still not enough to make the Autosteer feature as reliable. This version is currently using only 1 out of 8 cameras of the new hardware suite and Tesla is expected to start using more sensors after reaching parity with the front-facing camera and radar, which again CEO Elon Musk said would happen next week.
Based on Forss’ drive, it’s true that we can see some improvements, especially on highways, but the system is still a bit shaky on undivided “local roads”.
Here’s the full video:
Traffic Aware Cruise Control (TACC) and Autosteer speed limit restriction with this update (188.8.131.52.9.3):
- TACC speed limit is being increased from 80 to 85 mph (135 km/h)
- Autosteer speed limit on highways is being increased from 50 to 55 mph (90 km/h)
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