Tesla Autopilot Overview Updated February 23, 2017

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April 2016 - February 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 February 23

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In its continuous effort to bring its second generation Autopilot to parity with its first generation of the driver assist system, Tesla has started pushing yet another update to vehicles equipped with the new Autopilot hardware.

The company is now introducing ‘Autopark for parallel parking’ on ‘Enhanced Autopilot’. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories February 15

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There have been a lot of changes recently to Tesla’s Autopilot and it’s sometimes hard to keep track – especially since it has been split between first generation Autopilot (AP1) and second generation Autopilot (AP2) or ‘Enhanced Autopilot’.

The features of the second generation are still catching up to the first under the new hardware suite and software architecture using ‘Tesla Vision’. The latest change has been pushed to the first AP2 cars today and it enables Autosteer on ‘local roads’, but with a few restrictions. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories February 6

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The publication of Tesla’s disengagement report for its self-driving tests in California last week has raised more questions about the program than it has answered. Some are surprised that Tesla is not more extensively testing its fully self-driving software.

Tesla had 4 self-driving Model X prototypes driving just over 500 autonomous miles on public roads in 2016. As we reported based on sources, the mileage was mainly for producing video demonstrations of what they can do with the new hardware suite. Tesla has now confirmed the information and it hints at further testing outside of California public roads to reassure those disappointed by the report.  expand full story

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Tesla Autopilot Stories February 5

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A month after starting to push the first phase of ‘Enhanced Autopilot’ to the first 1,000 vehicles and a few weeks after releasing it to the whole fleet, Tesla has now started pushing a new update to improve on the new Autopilot.

Owners of Tesla vehicles with the second generation Autopilot hardware started receiving the update v8.0.17.5.28 over the weekend. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories February 1

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While Tesla has now thousands of vehicles equipped with its latest Autopilot hardware on the road today, only a few prototypes in its captive fleet have a software build capable of level 4 or 5 self-driving installed.

In its latest Disengagement of Autonomous Mode report with the California DMV, the automaker confirmed that it operated 4 of those prototypes last year and that they accumulated 550 autonomous miles in 2016. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories January 27

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As we reported yesterday, Tesla is suing its former Director of Autopilot programs, Sterling Anderson. The company claims that he allegedly poached Tesla employees and stole confidential information in order to start a competing company with Chris Urmson, the former head of Google’s self-driving program.

Anderson denies the allegations, but regardless of what happened, Tesla made a bold claim about the motive behind launching his new company and in the process, they took a solid swipe at GM and Uber. expand full story

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Tesla Autopilot Stories January 26

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The departure of Autopilot program Director Sterling Anderson from Tesla last month wasn’t widely reported since it was disclosed only earlier this month when Tesla hired Chris Lattner as Vice President of Autopilot Software.

We now learn that Anderson left the company to start his own with Chris Urmson, the former head of Google’s self-driving program. Unfortunately, we are learning of this new company through a lawsuit since Tesla is claiming that the Anderson stole data from the Autopilot program and tried to poach employees before leaving.  expand full story

Since Tesla started pushing the update to introduce the first phase of Enhanced Autopilot to the rest of its fleet equipped with the second generation hardware (first 1,000 already had it), we have received several bug reports.

One of the most common bugs, and also the most bizarre, results in inconsistent displays of the vehicle renders and road lanes on the instrument cluster. expand full story

Tesla Autopilot Stories January 24

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Tesla’s software timeline to fully autonomous driving on its new Autopilot hardware can be somewhat complicated. There’s ‘Enhanced Autopilot’, which in itself offers several different features, and there’s ‘Full Self-Driving Capability’, which despite its name will not enable self-driving for a while, but could still be useful to Tesla drivers very soon.

CEO Elon Musk clarified the timeline last night. expand full story

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Tesla Autopilot Stories January 21

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After Tesla started pushing the first phase of the new ‘Enhanced Autopilot’ in shadow mode-only to the entire fleet earlier this week, the company is today starting to activate the feature to all cars equipped with the second generation Autopilot hardware.

But CEO Elon Musk is asking Tesla owners to be cautious because some cars will need adjustments. expand full story

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