Tech Tesla's new Autopilot is getting a big update this weekend — here's everything you need to know (TSLA)

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Tesla is rolling out new Autopilot features over the weekend — paving the path for its fully self-driving system slated to arrive at the end of 2017.

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Tesla is rolling out another Auopilot update this weekend as it inches closer to its most ambitious demonstration yet: an autonomous Tesla driving itself between Los Angeles and New York.

Tesla has been rolling out updates to its second-generation Autopilot system, known as Enhance Autopilot, since January.

The updates will eventually pave the way for Tesla cars to become fully autonomous later down the road.

Scroll down to see the updates going live this weekend and what's in store for the future:

Enhanced Autopilot is made possible thanks to a suite of new hardware that Tesla has been integrating into vehicles since October 2016. For example, new Tesla cars now have eight cameras that provide 360-degree visibility and 250 meters (820 feet) of range instead of one camera.

Enhanced Autopilot is made possible thanks to a suite of new hardware that Tesla has been integrating into vehicles since October 2016. For example, new Tesla cars now have eight cameras that provide 360-degree visibility and 250 meters (820 feet) of range instead of one camera. play

Enhanced Autopilot is made possible thanks to a suite of new hardware that Tesla has been integrating into vehicles since October 2016. For example, new Tesla cars now have eight cameras that provide 360-degree visibility and 250 meters (820 feet) of range instead of one camera.

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New Tesla cars still come with one radar sensor, but it has enhanced processing that allows it to see through heavy rain, fog, dust, and even a car in front of it.

New Tesla cars still come with one radar sensor, but it has enhanced processing that allows it to see through heavy rain, fog, dust, and even a car in front of it. play

New Tesla cars still come with one radar sensor, but it has enhanced processing that allows it to see through heavy rain, fog, dust, and even a car in front of it.

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Tesla is also still using 12 ultrasonic sensors — however, they have been updated to detect hard and soft objects at nearly twice the distance of the previous sensors.



The new vehicles are using a new onboard computer system, the Nvidia's Drive PX2, that has 40 times as much computing power as Tesla's previous system.

The new vehicles are using a new onboard computer system, the Nvidia's Drive PX2, that has 40 times as much computing power as Tesla's previous system. play

The new vehicles are using a new onboard computer system, the Nvidia's Drive PX2, that has 40 times as much computing power as Tesla's previous system.

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Naturally, none of this comes free. If you buy a new Tesla, you can opt to purchase the new Autopilot system for $5,000. That system will take advantage of four of the car's eight cameras as well as the radar, 12 sensors, and the new onboard computing system.

Naturally, none of this comes free. If you buy a new Tesla, you can opt to purchase the new Autopilot system for $5,000. That system will take advantage of four of the car's eight cameras as well as the radar, 12 sensors, and the new onboard computing system. play

Naturally, none of this comes free. If you buy a new Tesla, you can opt to purchase the new Autopilot system for $5,000. That system will take advantage of four of the car's eight cameras as well as the radar, 12 sensors, and the new onboard computing system.

(Tesla)


Enhanced Autopilot will eventually allow the car to match its speed to traffic conditions, automatically change lanes without driver input, merge on and off highways, and park itself. It will also be able to maneuver around objects in a more complex environment than it could before when you summon it.

Enhanced Autopilot will eventually allow the car to match its speed to traffic conditions, automatically change lanes without driver input, merge on and off highways, and park itself. It will also be able to maneuver around objects in a more complex environment than it could before when you summon it. play

Enhanced Autopilot will eventually allow the car to match its speed to traffic conditions, automatically change lanes without driver input, merge on and off highways, and park itself. It will also be able to maneuver around objects in a more complex environment than it could before when you summon it.

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Tesla is releasing those new features in phases. The first phase, which rolled out in January, includes active cruise control, forward collision warning, and Autosteer capped at a speed of 45 mph. Tesla later sent out another update in March increasing the Autosteer speed for Enhanced Autopilot to 55 mph.

Tesla is releasing those new features in phases. The first phase, which rolled out in January, includes active cruise control, forward collision warning, and Autosteer capped at a speed of 45 mph. Tesla later sent out another update in March increasing the Autosteer speed for Enhanced Autopilot to 55 mph. play

Tesla is releasing those new features in phases. The first phase, which rolled out in January, includes active cruise control, forward collision warning, and Autosteer capped at a speed of 45 mph. Tesla later sent out another update in March increasing the Autosteer speed for Enhanced Autopilot to 55 mph.

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The January software update also came with an Easter Egg that allows the Model S P100D to accelerate to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds in Ludicrous mode.

The January software update also came with an Easter Egg that allows the Model S P100D to accelerate to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds in Ludicrous mode. play

The January software update also came with an Easter Egg that allows the Model S P100D to accelerate to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds in Ludicrous mode.

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The update rolling out this weekend will allow the cars to park perpendicularly on their own. Musk has also gotten rid of the previous speed cap on Autosteer and says the latest update will make the feature "silky smooth."

The update rolling out this weekend will allow the cars to park perpendicularly on their own. Musk has also gotten rid of the previous speed cap on Autosteer and says the latest update will make the feature "silky smooth." play

The update rolling out this weekend will allow the cars to park perpendicularly on their own. Musk has also gotten rid of the previous speed cap on Autosteer and says the latest update will make the feature "silky smooth."

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By the end of 2017, Musk said a Tesla will be able to drive itself completely autonomously thanks to the second-generation Autopilot hardware.

By the end of 2017, Musk said a Tesla will be able to drive itself completely autonomously thanks to the second-generation Autopilot hardware. play

By the end of 2017, Musk said a Tesla will be able to drive itself completely autonomously thanks to the second-generation Autopilot hardware.

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Tesla's full self-driving system will cost $8,000 at the time of purchase and will include all the features of Enhanced Autopilot. Although Musk is planning a demo of that system, Tesla owners won't be able to use it without regulatory approval.

Tesla's full self-driving system will cost $8,000 at the time of purchase and will include all the features of Enhanced Autopilot. Although Musk is planning a demo of that system, Tesla owners won't be able to use it without regulatory approval. play

Tesla's full self-driving system will cost $8,000 at the time of purchase and will include all the features of Enhanced Autopilot. Although Musk is planning a demo of that system, Tesla owners won't be able to use it without regulatory approval.

(Tesla)


The full self-driving system will utilize all eight cameras, allowing it to find the optimal route to your destination. It can also navigate urban and rural streets, even ones without lane markings ...

The full self-driving system will utilize all eight cameras, allowing it to find the optimal route to your destination. It can also navigate urban and rural streets, even ones without lane markings ... play

The full self-driving system will utilize all eight cameras, allowing it to find the optimal route to your destination. It can also navigate urban and rural streets, even ones without lane markings ...

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... and manage intersections with stop signs, traffic lights, and roundabouts.

... and manage intersections with stop signs, traffic lights, and roundabouts. play

... and manage intersections with stop signs, traffic lights, and roundabouts.

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If you get into your self-driving Tesla and don't enter a destination, the car will look at your calendar and take you to your assumed destination or home if nothing is on the calendar.

If you get into your self-driving Tesla and don't enter a destination, the car will look at your calendar and take you to your assumed destination or home if nothing is on the calendar. play

If you get into your self-driving Tesla and don't enter a destination, the car will look at your calendar and take you to your assumed destination or home if nothing is on the calendar.

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All of this means that if you order a new Tesla today, you could feasibly have a fully self-driving car, pending regulatory approval. Until then, you're getting a host of advanced Autopilot features.

All of this means that if you order a new Tesla today, you could feasibly have a fully self-driving car, pending regulatory approval. Until then, you're getting a host of advanced Autopilot features. play

All of this means that if you order a new Tesla today, you could feasibly have a fully self-driving car, pending regulatory approval. Until then, you're getting a host of advanced Autopilot features.

(Asa Mathat | D: All Things Digital)


A recent government report found that the first-generation Autopilot system has slashed crash rates for Tesla vehicles by 40%.

A recent government report found that the first-generation Autopilot system has slashed crash rates for Tesla vehicles by 40%. play

A recent government report found that the first-generation Autopilot system has slashed crash rates for Tesla vehicles by 40%.

(US Department of Transportation)

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"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."

"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." play

"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."

(Tesla)


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