Tesla has already presented and is manufacturing its Model S and Model X cars with the next generation “full self-driving hardware” but still hasn’t updated the software of the cars to include any of the new and advanced driver assist features.
While the hardware is capable of much more already, buyers of the S and X get the same level of assistance as in a first generation Autopilot. But now Elon Musk has taken to his traditional Twitter channel to reveal the so-called Enhanced Autopilot will become available when the 8.1 version of the company’s operating system will be released using an over-the-air update. Musk added this will come in “about three weeks” and the features will come incrementally with monthly updates.
“Enhanced Autopilot adds these new capabilities to the Tesla Autopilot driving experience, ” Tesla explains. “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.” The automaker added the full autonomous Level 5 will even be ready by the end of 2017 – with the software tested and improved under the Tesla Vision image processing architecture.