Tesla Autopilot will feel “smooth as silk” after next control algorithm update

As much of the world awaits news of Tesla’s much-anticipated “full self-driving” capabilities which the company plans to demonstrate at the end of this year, engineers at the Silicon Valley-based electric car company continues to make advancements on its driving-assist Autopilot system. Specifically on features aimed at bringing second generation Autopilot to feature parity with Autopilot 1.0.

Chief Elon Musk tweeted on Sunday that a new software will be arriving “next month” which will introduce an improved control algorithm for Autopilot that is going to make the experience feel as “smooth as silk” and “even safer”. Tesla has been under the spotlight over the past six months, after customers who ordered the Enhanced Autopilot feature complained of it not working or unreliable when it did function. According to Musk, the upcoming update to the control algorithm will improve Autopilot functionality by making it more pleasant to drive.

Updates being made to the vehicle’s control algorithm will help refine Autopilot’s ability to determine actions and corrections signaled by the vehicle’s array of eight cameras and radar sensors. This should theoretically result in better ride comfort and a more “human-like” driving experience. While Enhanced Autopilot under the most recent firmware update already does a great job at keeping the vehicle to lanes and controlling speed, its actions are more robotic in nature and reactionary.

Musk also provided an update on the company’s plan to drive coast-to-coast using self-driving mode  by the end of the year. It’s unclear how much of the trip across the country will actually be full self-driving and how much attention the driver (or rather person in the driver seat), will have to give to the vehicle. Previously Musk claimed that “no controls (will be) touched in the entire journey (across the U.S.),” but that sure seems like a far way off as many vehicles cannot go 10-15 minutes without some sort of interaction.

Tesla’s latest Autopilot 2.0 system relies almost entirely on in-house technology that reportedly took the team six months to build, replacing functionality by Mobileye. Keep in mind, Tesla’s self-driving feature is focused on vision and radar technology, while most of the competition is attempting to lower the cost of LiDAR technology.

Tesla Autopilot will feel “smooth as silk” after next control algorithm update
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