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Tesla begins roll out of Enhanced Autopilot to global fleet, Musk notes camera adjustments might be needed on some cars

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter that Enhanced Autopilot will be rolled out to all new vehicles equipped with “hardware 2”. The over-the-air software update, which includes Tesla’s Forward Collision Warning feature, Traffic-Aware Cruise Control (TACC) and Low-Speed Autosteer, is intended to bring newer generation Model S and Model X vehicles equipped with Autopilot 2.0 hardware to feature parity with Tesla’s first generation Autopilot.

This weekend’s software update represents the next iteration of Enhanced Autopilot which was first released in limited quantity at the end of last year, followed by a soft launch to a combined 1,000 Model S and Model X vehicles. Tesla owners that were part of the first batch to receive Enhanced Autopilot reported seeing their vehicle’s Autosteer functionality gradually coming to life after a calibration period. However, Must noted in this weekend’s tweet that some vehicles that never complete calibration may require Autopilot camera adjustments. “Some cars will require adjustment of camera pitch angle by service”.

Vehicles equipped with Autopilot 2.0 hardware will eventually be self-driving, helped by a suite of 8 onboard cameras and 12 advanced ultrasonic sensors that provide 360 degrees of visibility around the car.

Tesla demonstrated the capabilities of its self-driving hardware in a video released last year showing a Tesla Model X driving on its own through Silicon Valley, while obeying traffic signals and stop signs. Though Enhanced Autopilot is not designed with self-driving capabilities in mind, some Tesla owners have reported that their Autopilot 2.0 vehicles were able to detect stop signs at one point.

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