Tesla Autopilot Overview Updated May 22, 2017

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March 2016 - May 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 May 22

In the past, we have extensively covered the fact that Tesla has been equipping all its vehicles produced since October 2016 with a very powerful computer in order to eventually enable fully self-driving capability.

While Nvidia confirmed that the computer in question is based on its Drive PX2 platform for autonomous driving, they offer several variations of the product and we never knew which one for sure until now. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories May 21

Tesla’s latest Autopilot updates for vehicles with the second generation hardware made several major improvements that virtually brought the system developed by Tesla to feature parity with the original system powered by Mobileye.

It now opens the door to start improving on the technology and take advantage of the much more advanced hardware suite.

Today, CEO Elon Musk started hyping an upcoming software update that will introduce a new control algorithm that he described as “smooth as silk”. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories May 16

Yesterday, we reported on a Tesla owner hacking into Autopilot’s debugging mode – giving insights into the back-end of Tesla’s semi-autonomous system.

Now another Tesla owner used data extracted from the hack to get a good view of what Tesla’s second generation Autopilot is seeing. expand full story


Tesla Autopilot Stories May 15

At this point, 8 years after Google put a spotlight on self-driving technology, there are over 2 dozens somewhat serious companies with autonomous driving programs at different stages of development.

Tesla’s Autopilot is among the most well-known and arguably one of the most exciting since it’s already powering features in vehicles owned by customers. For better or worse, it lets people experiment with some aspect of it and through those experimentations, we now get a look at the Autopilot’s debugging mode – giving insights into the back-end of Tesla’s semi-autonomous system. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories May 8

Tesla started pushing its latest software update for vehicles with second generation Autopilot hardware this weekend. It removed the speed restrictions on Autosteer – bringing the feature to parity with Tesla’s first generation Autopilot on Mobileye’s technology.

Owners have started testing the new update with impressive results so far.  expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories May 6

Tesla is leveraging its large fleet of vehicles equipped with sensors in order to gather data for its autonomous driving vehicle program.

It’s now stepping up its data gathering game with the latest update this week by updating its data sharing policy to include collecting videos in order to ‘make self-driving a reality’. expand full story


Friday night, Tesla started pushing yet another software update for its vehicles equipped with second generation Autopilot hardware (October 2016-present).

The new update removes the main restrictions on Autosteer, the Autopilot’s main autonomous feature, and made Tesla’s own proprietary vision system almost to feature parity with the first generation Autopilot powered by Mobileye. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories April 27

There has been a lot of changes in Tesla’s Autopilot leadership over the past few months and most of it can be linked back to former Autopilot program director Sterling Anderson leaving to form his own startup and Chris Lattner taking over the top role in the program, which happened in December 2016 and January 2017 respectively.

A few more senior Autopilot team members have since left, including the head of Tesla Vision, and we now learn that one of them is now leading an autonomous driving effort for Audi. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories April 26

We reported yesterday that Tesla was planning to start rolling out its automatic emergency braking feature on new Autopilot 2.0 vehicles by the end of the week, but we now learn that some Tesla owners are already receiving the update ( expand full story


Tesla Autopilot Stories April 25

With the release of its 8.1 software update last month, Tesla introduced the biggest update yet for its vehicles with second-generation Autopilot hardware (all cars since October 2016). They increased the speed limit for the Autosteer feature to 80 mph, implemented refinements to the traffic aware cruise control, and introduced the Summon feature – among other smaller improvements.

But the system still wasn’t at feature parity with the first generation Autopilot, primarily because of the lack of Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) feature. Electrek has now learned that the important feature is going to be released this week. expand full story

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