Tesla’s Beta Firmware 7.1 Update Will Restrict Autopilot Features

Posted: Dec 11 2015, 9:28pm CST | by , Updated: Dec 12 2015, 2:06pm CST, in News | Cars & Vehicles


Tesla’s Beta Firmware 7.1 Update will Restrict Autopilot Features
Credit: Tesla Motors
  • Tesla’s Beta Firmware 7.1 update will restrict the Autopilot!

The Autopilot and Autosteer can now only be activated while traveling below the speed limit.

An anonymous source claims to Teslarati that Tesla is going to clamp down the Autopilot feature. The restrictions will be in effect following the upcoming Beta Firmware 7.1 update.

Tesla seems to be reigning in the capabilities of the Autopilot and Autosteer systems. Tesla vehicle drivers will only be able to activate the Autopilot and Autosteer below the speed limit of a road. The Tesla active cruise control (TACC) does not seem to be affected by the update at all. 

Elon Musk previously announced Tesla will tune down the Autopilot, so the update is no surprise. According to Musk the Autopilot will be revised to prevent people from doing crazy stunts.

The decision was announced after several videos showed drivers performing stunts on Autosteer. Although Tesla has not officially announced any details the source claims the new update will restrict the Autosteer.

The system already had some minor limitations. The system previously did not activate if the sensors did not receive proper grasp of the road. 

The autopilot feature is not a completely autonomous feature. However it seems people are not ready for the technology as seen in the stunt videos. The source further claims the update has gone only to selected beta testers for now.

The decision has already generated a firestorm of criticism from owners. Owners do not care if the restriction is a safe idea but angry Tesla is taking back an already released feature.

Some Tesla owners have even claimed they will not download the update on online forums. Other extremely put out Tesla owners have stated they will sue the company if it restricts their driving functionality. 

A Tesla spokesperson told about the 7.1 features to Autoblog: "We will have more information to share about updates to our Autopilot system in the coming weeks."

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