A Tesla owner that received the latest over-the-air Autopilot 2.0 software update is reporting that their vehicle has been able to detect stop signs. The ability to obey traffic signals and stop indicators were first demonstrated by the company when it released a video showing a Tesla Model X driving completely on its own through the streets of Silicon Valley. Part of those capabilities are and now being detected in the first iteration of Enhanced Autopilot.
Updated: Though the photo may suggest that Enhanced Autopilot will be able to react to stop signs, inside sources have notified us that a stop sign display in the instrument cluster is simply a vestige of internal development and has since been removed from customer releases. Vehicles with Enhanced Autopilot will not react to stop signs and traffic indicators. Tesla notes that Enhanced Autopilot is still a driver’s assistance feature and drivers are responsible for maintaining control of their vehicles at all times.
We published release notes for Enhanced Autopilot under v8.0 (2.50.185) which reveals that Model S and Model X vehicles equipped with the company’s newest self-driving hardware have received Tesla’s Forward Collision Warning, Traffic-Aware Cruise Control (Beta) and Low-Speed Autosteer (Beta).
Though Tesla plans to demonstrate a fully autonomous cross country drive from Los Angeles to New York by the end of this year, the company will begin with a slow incremental roll out of Autopilot features and continue over time as engineers work on improving Autopilot’s self-driving algorithms through data collected in Shadow Mode. “These features operate on a new hardware and software platform. Therefore, their rollout will be measured and cautious until we have generated confidence across several hundred million miles of real-world usage.” indicates Tesla through release notes for Enhanced Autopilot.
A Tesla owner that was part of the first batch of 1,000 recipients of Enhanced Autopilot posted a photo showing a stop sign appearing on the main instrument cluster of their Model S. The image is significant in that it’s the first time we’re seeing indications that Tesla might be advancing towards full autonomy, which the company will eventually release through the optional Full Self-Driving feature. This is being facilitated through sensory data captured through 360-degree surround cameras and advanced ultrasonic sensors incorporated into its newest fleet of Model S and Model X vehicles.
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