It seems that a major Tesla Autopilot Update might be around the corner, in 2019 for Tesla Owners. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, through his official Twitter page, was found as giving a small hint on the same through one of his tweets. Musk was also seen as briefly touching upon few of the expected upgrades.
His tweet read, “Already testing traffic lights, stop signs & roundabouts in development software. Your Tesla will soon be able to go from your garage at home to parking at work with no driver input at all.”These features he said, are currently in their development environment and will soon roll out to the production models.
From Musk’s tweet, it is quite clear that the Tesla is heavily investing in refining the Autopilot Technology to such an extent that Tesla Cars would soon be able to maneuver from one point to another with no human inputs at all.
Since Musk’s tweet mentioned ‘Parking at work’, we could also expect the upcoming Autopilot Update to include an Automatic Parking System wherein the car would actually find a parking space and park itself after dropping you off at your destination.
Musk was also seen as making a similar comment in TED 2017 On Tesla’s Self-Driving Cars. To Quote his words, “We should be able to go from all the way from a parking lot in California to a parking lot in Newyork with no controls touched at any point in the entire journey”. Hence Tesla is quite serious about making its Autopilot completely Autonomous.
Having a fully Autonomous Vehicle capable of navigating on its own under all conditions coincides with Musk’s vision of creating a Shared Autonomous Fleet, wherein the car could drop you off at the location and take up other rides when you are not using it.
Understanding Traffic lights and Signs would be a major upgrade for the Tesla Autopilot Technology. Understanding and dealing with traffic signals, roundabouts and stop signs are major challenges that all Self-Driving Cars will have to face at one point or the other. Overcoming these ensures smooth maneuvering of the vehicles in real-time traffic scenarios
This understanding is a pre-requisite for any driver, may that actually be a human or a Self-Driven Car. A complete understanding of these will enable theTesla Autopilot to make informed decisions and act appropriately when navigating through crowded suburban and urban roads, most of which would be monitored by traffic signals.
Elon Musk had also shared on Twitter that the Tesla Owners, who had their car built in the last two years, should definitely try navigating on Autopilot. He added that the Autopilot Technology had been upgraded to include the ability to automatically overtake slow cars and take on highway interchanges and off-ramps.
If Tesla is successful in achieving what Musk had tweeted, in its future Tesla Autopilot Update, this could be a major milestone in the journey of Self-Driving Cars. Though there are other companies like Waymo that have made vast advancements in Self-Driving Technology, they are currently focussed on Self-Driving Technology as a means of Public Transportation.
Tesla achieving the rollout of a fully autonomous vehicle, capable of fully maneuvering by itself from source to destination would make a huge contribution to self-driving technology in the private sector.
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