Tesla will be rolling out its next autopilot system dubbed "Enhance Autopilot." Since October 2016, Tesla has been upgrading their vehicles with newer hardware.
Some of this newer hardware and their features are:
- Eight cameras
- Provide 360-degree visibility and 820 feet of range
- Find optimal routes to destinations
- Navigate rural and urban areas without lane markings
- Manage intersections with stop signs, traffic lights, and roundabouts.
- Enhanced radar sensor - visibility "through heavy rain, fog, dust, and even a car in front of it."
- 12 ultrasonic sensors - detect hard and soft objects at nearly twice the distance as previous sensors
- Nvidia's Drive PX2 - 40 times the computing power as previous systems
This new Autopilot system is available for $5,000 when buying a new Tesla.
- Some features of this Enhanced Autopilot are:
Match speed to traffic conditions
- Automatically change lanes without driver input
- Merge on and off highways
- Park itself
- Better maneuverability when summoning
These great new features will be released in multiple phases.
Details of the first phase:
- Rolled out in January 2017
- Active Cruise Control
- Forward Collision Warning
- Autosteer capped at a speed 45 miles per hour
- Included an Easter Egg that allows the Model S P100D in Ludicrous mode, to accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 2.4 seconds
Details of the second phase:
- Released in March 2017
- Increasing the Autosteer speed to 55 miles per hour
Details of the third phase:
- Released in June 2017
- Allow autonomous perpendicular parking
- Remove Autosteer speed cap
End of 2017 Goals:
- Completely autonomous vehicular experience with second-generation Autopilot hardware
This entire self-driving system will cost $8,000 at the time of purchase. This self-driving system will include all of these new features that Enhanced Autopilot brings to Tesla's vehicles.
"The foundation has been laid for fully autonomous. It's twice as safe as a human, maybe better," Musk said in October on a call with journalists introducing the new Autopilot system. "It's basically a supercomputer in the car."