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March 2016 - July 2017

The Autopilot is Tesla’s advanced assisted driving program with features like Autosteer, Autopark, and Trafic-Aware Cruise Control (TACC).

The hardware suite was first introduced in Tesla’s vehicles in September 2014. The company gradually released more and more advanced features through over-the-air software updates until the first meaningful “Autopilot Update” in October 2015 with the release of v.7.0 of Tesla OS.

Tesla Autopilot Stories Today

Just a few days before the launch of the Model 3, Tesla has slipped an interesting update into the onboard instruction manuals of Model S and Model X.

After the most recent software update, the new gear selector seen on Model 3 prototypes is now part of the manuals. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories July 20

Last month, Tesla started the rollout of a new Autopilot 2.0 with a new control algorithm that CEO Elon Musk described as a “smooth as silk”.

While it had some noticeable improvements, like with the Traffic Aware Cruise Control (TACC), some owners were let down by the update, especially after Musk called it “smooth as silk”.

But a few week later, Tesla is now releasing a new version of the update and this one is better deserving of the hype created by Musk’s comment. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories July 17

Yesterday, we reported on an accident in Minnesota that resulted in a Tesla Model S rolling over off road and ending up upside down in a marsh.

After the accident, the driver, David Clark, blamed Tesla’s Autopilot, according to the local sheriff’s department.

Clark now recants his view of the accident after cooling down and having talked to his passengers. expand full story


Tesla Autopilot Stories July 16

UpdateTesla driver recants blame on Autopilot in Minnesota accident, says he deactivated it before the crash

A Tesla Model S was involved in an accident in central Minnesota today which resulted in the vehicle rolling over and into a marsh.

The local sheriff’s department says that the driver and 4 passengers suffered “minor injuries”.

The driver, 58-year-old David Clark of Eden Prairie, told the police that Tesla Autopilot was to blame for the accident. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories July 7

Tesla’s vehicles are unique in a lot of ways – including the fact that as of October 2016, every new Tesla vehicle coming off the production line is equipped with what is basically a “supercomputer”.

Now the company’s new director of artificial intelligence compared the fleet to “a large, distributed, mobile data center.” expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories June 23

While the wide over-the-air rollout of Tesla’s latest Autopilot 2.0 update, which was planned for last weekend, has been delayed, some owners were still able to get it and test it on the road.

We get a look at what CEO Elon Musk described as a “smooth as silk” control algorithm. expand full story


After several changes in the Autopilot team’s leadership over the past few months, Tesla ended up hiring one of the leading AI and computer vision researchers this week.

At the same time however, we learn that several of the team’s top computer vision experts have left the company over the past few weeks. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories June 21

There are a lot of comings and goings in Tesla’s Autopilot team and that reached the highest level in leadership on several occasions. Again yesterday when Chris Lattner, VP of Autopilot Software, left and was replaced by an AI expert, Andrej Karpathy, and Jim Keller, VP of Autopilot Hardware (and now Software).

While several departures from the team made headlines recently, Lattner says that it grew by over 50% during his tenure as head of Autopilot software over the last 6 months. expand full story

Yesterday, Tesla confirmed that it hired Andrej Karpathy as the new head of AI and Autopilot Vision. It’s a significant change for the young scientist who has been mostly focused on research and academics.

He will now have to deliver real-world applications – something that he commented on following the announcement. expand full story


Tesla Autopilot Stories June 20

There were some significant changes to Tesla’s Autopilot leadership today.

Earlier this year, Tesla’s head of computer vision, David Nistér, left to make high-definition maps at Nvidia after Tesla hired the creator of the Swift programming language, Chris Lattner, from Apple to lead the Autopilot software team.

Just 6 months later, Lattner is no longer with Tesla and his responsibilities have been divided between Jim Keller, who was already the head of the Autopilot’s hardware team, and a new hire. expand full story

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