Tesla Model 3 Has Autopilot Hardware Announced Elon Musk

Posted: Oct 20 2016, 12:25am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 20 2016, 3:43am CDT, in News | Cars & Vehicles

 

Tesla Model 3 Has Autopilot Announced Elon Musk
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The mystery product announcement of October 19 is self-driving hardware in all Tesla cars including Model 3.

Tesla announced on Wednesday, October 19 at 5pm PDT that all Tesla made cars support self-driving. As of today, all Tesla vehicles produced in Tesla 's factory, including Model 3, will have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability.

The autopilot hardware includes eight surround cameras provide 360 degree visibility around the car at up to 250 meters of range. Twelve updated ultrasonic sensors complement this vision, allowing for detection of both hard and soft objects at nearly twice the distance of the prior system. A forward-facing radar with enhanced processing provides additional data about the world on a redundant wavelength, capable of seeing through heavy rain, fog, dust and even the car ahead.

"Self-driving vehicles will play a crucial role in improving transportation safety and accelerating the world’s transition to a sustainable future. Full autonomy will enable a Tesla to be substantially safer than a human driver, lower the financial cost of transportation for those who own a car and provide low-cost on-demand mobility for those who do not," said Tesla in the announcement.

To make sense of all of this data, a new onboard computer with more than 40 times the computing power of the previous generation runs the new Tesla-developed neural net for vision, sonar and radar processing software. Together, this system provides a view of the world that a driver alone cannot access, seeing in every direction simultaneously and on wavelengths that go far beyond the human senses.

Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles with this new hardware are already in production, and customers can purchase one today.

Before activating the features enabled by the new hardware, Tesla will further calibrate the system using millions of miles of real-world driving to ensure significant improvements to safety and convenience.

While this is occurring, Teslas with new hardware will temporarily lack certain features currently available on Teslas with first-generation Autopilot hardware, including some standard safety features such as automatic emergency braking, collision warning, lane holding and active cruise control.

As these features are robustly validated we will enable them over the air, together with a rapidly expanding set of entirely new features. 

The Autopilot feature will cost extra. The fact that the self-driving hardware is in the car does not mean you can use it. The full Autopilot functionality adds $8,000 to the cost of a Tesla Model S.

Elon Musk promised a demonstration video of the self-driving Tesla in a complex urban setting. The video was supposed the reason for the delay of the announcement. The video is still not released. Musk: "Will post video of a Tesla navigating a complex urban environment shortly. Update: The video just got released now. Watch below.

The Tesla in the video drives itself (no human input at all) thru urban streets to highway to streets, then finds a parking spot. When searching for parking, the car reads the signs to see if it is allowed to park there, which is why it skipped the disabled spot. When you want your car to return, tap Summon on your phone. It will eventually find you even if you are on the other side of the country.

Tesla also plans to demonstrate a Tesla traveling in fully autonomous mode across the country by the end of 2017. Make that 2018, by the pace of things.

Earlier this week a Tesla Model X driver reported about how Autopilot 8.0 has avoided an accident detecting a breaking car one vehicle ahead.

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