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March 2016 - September 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 September 12

As expected yesterday following a report, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is partly blaming Tesla’s Autopilot system for the fatal, May 7, 2016, crash of a Tesla near Williston, Florida.

They determined that the Autopilot’s “operational limitations played a role” in the crash even though it “functioned as designed”, according to the board. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories September 11

Tomorrow, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) plans to release its report to “determine the probable cause of the fatal, May 7, 2016, crash of a Tesla near Williston, Florida”.

Ahead of the release, Bloomberg reported that that the board concluded that Tesla’s Autopilot “shares blame” for the accident that cost the life of the driver, Joshua Brown.

But the company argues against the publication’s interpretation. expand full story

Tesla’s recently introduced new Autopilot hardware suite, dubbed “2.5”, in all its vehicles to enable more power and redundancy for its future self-driving capability.

Now Tesla warned the new owners of those vehicles being delivered that a ‘calibration period’ for the new hardware is resulting in features operating in “shadow mode”. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories August 30

Tesla’s vehicles are now all equipped with 8 cameras to power its Autopilot features and for a while now, some owners have been asking for the possibility to also use them as a dashcam.

CEO Elon Musk now says that the feature is “coming soon”. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories August 26

Earlier this month, Tesla pushed a new over-the-air software update for Autopilot 2.0 vehicles and while the only official new feature was Automatic High Beam being enabled worldwide, it also included “improvements” to the main Autopilot features.

Some owners are now reporting the perceived changes with the latest update. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories August 24

The Wall Street Journal came out today with a report (paywall) painting a dire picture of Tesla’s Autopilot program.

The publication claims that CEO Elon Musk’s ambitious goals for the program have led to some employees resignations and doubts about the company’s ability to deliver on those goals. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories August 17

Tesla started pushing its latest over-the-air Autopilot software update ‘2017.32’ for cars equipped with the second generation hardware last night.  expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories August 9

Tesla has been equipping all its vehicles produced since October 2016 with a “supercomputer” as part of its Autopilot 2.0 hardware to run its deep learning neural net computer vision technology, which the company believes will eventually enable fully self-driving capability through future software updates.

While it is likely the most powerful computer in a production car today, some had doubts about it being powerful enough or have enough redundancy to truly enable level 5 autonomous driving. Tesla CEO Elon Musk even said that they could eventually upgrade the system if it can’t achieve full autonomy.

That was less than a year ago and we now learn that the automaker is already shipping a new Autopilot hardware suite with a more powerful version of its onboard computer. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories July 23

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

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