Tesla-mag reported a few months ago: all Model S and X models that have come off the assembly lines since November are pre-equipped with the necessary instruments for the functions of the new Autopilot. Eight cameras including three at the front, 12 peripheral radar detectors and the Nvidia operating system make up the Tesla Vision.
In options with two possible activation levels for a total of approximately 8500€, this Autoplot replaces version 1 and should eventually allow the owners of the said cars to have a row 5 driving aid by the end of 2017, i.e. the possibility of driving in a completely autonomous vehicle.
That is, at least a few years before the dates announced by the automobile “specialists” who saw this possibility at the earliest between now and 2025 to 2030!
But as with the V1, a period of tuning proved to be essential before its use by all pre-equipped cars.
There could be no question of Tesla Motors endangering the lives of its customers when the V1 reduces by 40% the risk of serious accidents (i.e. having triggered the airbag function) as demonstrated a few days ago by the investigation carried out by the very serious American NHTSA.
Tesla began a few weeks ago to “push” the first phase of its new Autopilot but in “shadow” mode and in particular on 1,000 cars designed to collect the basic data essential for its smooth operation.
And at the beginning of this week, the company began to activate it on all cars equipped with second-generation autopilot equipment.
Elon Musk accompanied this first deployment by addressing and asking the owners of these cars to be very careful because some of them will need adjustments.
Indeed, with the introduction of the first phase of “Enhanced Autopilot” in shadow mode – meaning that the functionality was running in the background without being able to take control of the car – the calibration of the sensors and the calibration of the cameras allowed Tesla Motors to spot “on the air” malfunctions in the angle of view of their cameras on certain cars.
Drivers using the new autopilot are therefore advised to remain very vigilant during this somewhat complicated period and be prepared to take control of their car at any time regardless of the update loaded while waiting if their car is concerned to go through the workshop box for the missing adjustment.
According to Electrek.co the owners should easily know if they are affected by these adjustments because in this case the malfunction alerts would be activated on the dashboard of their cars.
As a result, they now have access to what Tesla calls the “first phase of enhanced autopilot”. It includes speed control functionality, forward collision warning and heading assistance, but for the latter only at “low speed” as a beta feature.
As all these new versions of Autopilot V2’s functionalities are powered by “Tesla Vision”, the car manufacturer’s image processing system and its machine learning technology, the company is gathering more and more data from its fleet and will quickly improve them to quickly surpass its version 1 and move towards level 5 in a few months.
The future is on its way and will soon be on our roads. 🙂 and the owners of the Model S and X concerned will be rewarded for their patience and soon being “at the wheel” of the first autonomous cars!