Tesla Self-Driving Future Revealed

Posted: Oct 20 2016, 6:07am CDT | by , in Cars & Vehicles


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Tesla Self-Driving Future Revealed
Self-driving Tesla finds his own free parking space

The hardware for a self-driving future is now in every Tesla. When you actually can have all self-driving features is not clear.

Tesla announced yesterday that all Tesla cars will have the hardware (if you buy it) to get full self-driving functionality. The full upgrade of Enhanced Autopilot and Full Self-driving capability is $8,000. There is no way to retro-fit. If you think you will want a self-driving Tesla when the software is ready and legally approved, you need to spend the $8k now when you order a new Tesla.

The details of Tesla's full self-driving hardware include this statement: "Self-Driving functionality is dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary widely by jurisdiction. It is not possible to know exactly when each element of the functionality described above will be available, as this is highly dependent on local regulatory approval. Please note also that using a self-driving Tesla for car sharing and ride hailing for friends and family is fine, but doing so for revenue purposes will only be permissible on the Tesla Network, details of which will be released next year. The electric car maker has released a video demonstrating the self-driving features of the new autopilot hardware."

This means the wonderful future of a self-driving Tesla you see in the released video might be still very far away. Tesla plans to do a self-driving cross country demonstration end of 2017. If successful, it still does not mean that Tesla owners will be able to do it.

Watch that video of the future of self-driving cars below.

The system consists of eight surround cameras provide 360 degrees of 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 that is able to see through heavy rain, fog, dust and even the car ahead.

To make sense of all of this data, a new onboard computer with over 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.

Enhanced Autopilot adds these new capabilities to the Tesla Autopilot driving experience. Your Tesla will match speed to traffic conditions, keep within a lane, automatically change lanes without requiring driver input, transition from one freeway to another, exit the freeway when your destination is near, self-park when near a parking spot and be summoned to and from your garage.

Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot software is expected to complete validation and be rolled out to your car via an over-the-air update in December 2016, subject to regulatory approval.

Once on the freeway, your Tesla will determine which lane you need to be in and when. In addition to ensuring you reach your intended exit, Autopilot will watch for opportunities to move to a faster lane when you're caught behind slower traffic. When you reach your exit, your Tesla will depart the freeway, slow down and transition control back to you. With the new Tesla Vision cameras, sensors and computing power, your Tesla will navigate tighter, more complex roads.

With Smart Summon, your car will navigate more complex environments and parking spaces, maneuvering around objects as necessary to come find you.

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