Elon Musk: Tesla Aiming For Widespread Release Of Autopilot 8.0 This Wednesday

11 months ago by Steven Loveday 5

When recently asked on Twitter about the release of Tesla Autopilot 8.0, CEO Elon Musk assured that it would be rolling out worldwide this coming Wednesday.

The update is part of Tesla’s near-term solution to the problems that led to the fatal Model S crash in Florida. The NHTSA requested information from Tesla, including Autopilot testing results from before and after the tragic incident, along with Tesla’s plans to fix the known issues. Autopilot 8.0 is the company’s answer for now.

Musk believes that the new system will not be able to make the same mistake as the system in use during the recent crash. The over-the-air update will include a special list, a “geocoded whitelist”, that will make the system aware of previously identified objects like bridges, signs, or any other possible obstacles. This way, the system won’t be able to confuse such permanent structures with vehicles. In the fatal crash in May, it was determined that the Autopilot system confused an overhead sign (initially thought to the bright, white sky) with the trailer of the truck, causing the automatic braking system to fail to engage.

The most substantial change to the system itself will be the use of more radar instead of camera, to make the Autopilot more accurate. Musk admitted:

“After careful consideration, we now believe [radar] can be used as a primary control sensor without requiring the camera to confirm visual image recognition.”

Musk also promises that the new system will be able to see two vehicles ahead using “radar echo”. This feature will help immensely if the vehicle in front of you suddenly swerves. As the system is put in pace this week, we will keep you updated.

For a more detailed description of Autopilot 8.0, click here.

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5 responses to "Elon Musk: Tesla Aiming For Widespread Release Of Autopilot 8.0 This Wednesday"

  1. Avishay says:

    So what happens if there is a truck trailer just beneath a whitelisted overhead sign?

    1. Twonius says:

      Sadly there will always be some risk in driving as long as humans do it.

      The scenario you described is a lot less likely than being t-boned by a drunk driver and yet we still drive through green lights.

      1. Loboc says:

        I saw a vid of google’s system detect a red light violation. With LIDAR, it makes a wireframe of all objects.

  2. Eco says:

    Ho hum … for me Autopilot is the least compelling reason to buy a Tesla. Elon admitted to ‘hubris’ on the Model X, IMHO it’s time for the same admission for Autopilot!

    1. MDEV says:

      For me was the reason to upgrade my 2012 model S and I love autopilot, I used every day and yes I know is not an autonomous driving car, so I’m safe.