When Tesla first announced in October of 2016 that all new Model S and Model X vehicles being produced would be equipped with a suite of eight surround cameras, twelve ultrasonic sensors and a forward-facing radar with enhanced processing, the vision for a fully autonomous future suddenly seemed more real and within grasp. Dubbed Autopilot 2.0, Tesla’s new hardware suite would facilitate the development of Enhanced Autopilot features: a more advanced version of Tesla’s first Autopilot driving-assist feature, before reaching Full Self-Driving capabilities.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk stuck to the narrative that Autopilot 2.0 would far exceed the capabilities of Autopilot 1.0 and become the foundation for Tesla’s ride-sharing network.
Now, one year since announcing Autopilot 2.0 and many over-the-air software updates later, one has to ask how Tesla’s newly Enhanced Autopilot stacks up against the previous version 1.0.
One Tesla owner with both an Autopilot 2.0 and Autopilot 1.0 equipped vehicle documented his experiences with Tesla’s driving-assist feature. Black Tesla on YouTube, illustrates the differences in driving behavior between Tesla’s latest Autopilot 2.0 set of features and the older Autopilot 1.0.
As Tesla continues to download large volumes of driving data from its vehicles and work towards full self-driving capabilities – Tesla is expected to demonstrate a fully autonomous drive form California to New York by the end of 2017 – Autopilot 2.0’s lane detection, lane changing and vehicle detection capabilities are expected to far exceed human capabilities in the near future.
Watch as Black Tesla compares Autopilot 2.0 vs. Autopilot 1.0.
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