Earlier this week, Tesla Motors started rolling out its Tesla Autopilot Generation 2 software for the Model S and X vehicles build starting with October 2016.
The news came through a tweet posted by the company CEO. Elon Musk, the aforementioned CEO, released the news on January 21. As it is rolling out the Tesla Autopilot 2.0, its initial variant’s name was cleared up. Last year, one of Tesla’s self-driving vehicles was involved in an accident. An investigation followed. And it was determined that the car’s system was not to blame for the accident.
And now, the car maker will be releasing a new Autopilot version. This generation 2 will be available for newer Model S and X models. These were or are being built. The update will target cars manufactured since October 2016.
Such vehicles already have the necessary hardware. They come pre-equipped with the needed Tesla Autopilot second-generation hardware.
The new update will be sent over-the-air. But only to eligible car models. As it is, car owners will not have to worry about taking any special action. The software should download all on its own.
These newer Tesla models lack some of the features of the older ones. They do not have the same semi-autonomous and Autopilot features which characterize the older models.
New Tesla models reportedly have a better hardware. However, work is still being done on their software area. As such, the newer models may need some adjustments.
According to company officials, some owners will have to bring the car to the Tesla service department. There, technicians will adjust their onboard cameras. Through them, they should support and properly run the Autopilot.
Tesla officials also stated the following. they claim that the hardware is physically able of controlling the car. This eventual variant is reportedly possible in all circumstances.
Tesla Autopilot Generation 2 will come with a limitation. Its Autosteer version will have a speed-limit. Most users reportedly consider this latter as being the “Autopilot”.
The limited Autosteer version will work at a bellow 45 mph speed. It was developed for a highway usage. This should nonetheless have clear lane markings. Autosteer will help maintain the lane position. Even in cases when the traffic is moving slowly.
TACC is one of its base elements. TACC is the traffic-aware cruise control. It will be amongst the features rolled out with the new update. The system helps the vehicle adjust the speed. A proper speed is determined based on the position of the surrounding cars.
As such, it will accelerate or decelerate in accordance to the need and traffic. At least for the moment, TACC also has a limitation. This is set at a maximum 75 mph speed.
Cars with a second-generation Autopilot hardware but without the software previously had only the basic cruise controls.
The Tesla Autopilot Generation 2 will also come with FCW. This latter is the Forward Collision Warning. Through it, the vehicle will alert its driver. Alerts will come in case there are objects in the path which may lead to a collision.
FCW will release visual and audio warnings. A chime will ring and the instrument panel will sport the visual signs.
Second-generation Autopilot hardware Tesla’s will not have AEB. This is the Automatic Emergency Break. Through this, the vehicle can apply the brakes. They will be used in the attempt to prevent or reduce the severity of a potential crash.
Even with the new update, the newer vehicles will not have all the feature available on the older models. Still, the Gen 2 software will mark a significant improvement. The software has reportedly been in preparations for some months now.
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