Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Autopilot For HW2 Vehicles Rolling Out To Entire Fleet, Caution Urged

5 months ago by Eric Loveday 11

Musk Autopilot Tweet

Musk Autopilot Tweet

Over the weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that Autopilot functionality for hardware 2.0-equipped Tesla Model S & X EVs would roll out to the entire fleet.

Since the announcement, we’ve heard hundreds of reports confirming that this rollout did indeed occur.

As noted by Musk in the Tweet above, some Model S and X EVs will require camera pitch angle adjustment. This was almost immediately confirmed by dozens of Tesla owners who reported that the Autopilot system was not functioning correctly.

Musk added another update/response on this situation via Twitter.

Musk Autopilot Tweet

Musk Autopilot Tweet

If you’re experiencing any issues after the update, then a service center visit might be necessary. This is, if the “software solution” doesn’t work. For some Tesla owners, this will be an inconvenience, as the nearest service centers could be a couple hundred miles away, but at least the Autopilot 2 hardware they paid for is now (or soon will be, after the camera fix) operational. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s here.

Caution in operating under Autopilot 2 is urged by Musk though, so hands on or near the wheel and eyes on the road at all times…please.

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99 responses to "Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Autopilot For HW2 Vehicles Rolling Out To Entire Fleet, Caution Urged"

  1. pjwood1 says:

    You can’t get up on the wrong side of the assembly line, and miss details like this:

    “Working on software solution to adjust image crop dynamically, so camera more robust to pitch angle.”

    Musk is one of a kind, FBOW.

    1. unlucky says:

      Yeah, that’s a huge mistake. They shipped out cars for months without testing if they can be made to work? That’s a big no-no. If you have functionality you don’t use today but know you’ll need later you have to at least test it is working properly even if you can’t ship the software that exploits it to customers yet. And this shows exactly why. They should have an area with painted targets and things that they take the car to during production and it takes images from its cameras and ensures the views it expects are what it receives. Ideally you’d do that directly on the line but that might not be practical so you could do it right after it rolls off in the finishing/hand work area.

      And this rollout still isn’t full functionality. Autosteer only up to 45mph. And the customers I know who use autopilot like it most to just blast down the highway, not in congestion.

      To Eric: I appreciate the effort to try to utilize a terminology for this system that keeps clear the distinction between the new autopilot software and the new hardware.

  2. Get Real says:

    Yeah, how dare Tesla to push the envelope on technology since it sometimes leads to issues that have to be resolved before said technology improvements can be fully realized!

    Bottom line is that as a relatively new OEM, Tesla is naturally going through growing pains that includes making and learning from its mistakes.

    Basically irrelevant in the longer run as long as they continue to improve and especially since they are leading the entire industry in rapid deployment of technological progress that the laggard OEMs have been dragging their feet on for decades.

    1. unlucky says:

      You can push the envelope in smart ways. Shipping cars with no autopilot features for 4 months isn’t one of them.

      It’s astonishing to me someone would rise to saying that we should be happy a company would ship faulty cars. Customers don’t like it. It costs the company money in the end to take cars back and service them instead of fixing them in the factory before they leave. It’s a bad thing. They should have put in place the mechanisms to prevent this at the time instead of later. It really is that simple.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        A few months ago, I would have agreed; and until recently I posted numerous comments along that line.

        But with the NHTSA announcing that merely installing AutoSteer reduces the accident rate by nearly 40% — without even accounting for whether or not it’s activated at the time of an accident — I think it’s clear that public safety is served best by Tesla pushing forward its semi-autonomous tech as fast as possible, even when that means using ordinary drivers as beta testers.

        This tech is already saving lives, and it’s getting better on a monthly basis!

        Go Tesla!

        1. unlucky says:

          If you think merely having autosteer hardware on a car not doing anything reduces accidents you’re completely fooling yourself. It has to be a statistical anomaly.

          These cars could have HAD autosteer for 4 months if Tesla managed their switchover better. Instead they went without.

          Your argument makes no sense. And you claiming you would have agreed with me before is provably false as you did disagree with me many times on this before that investigation was released.

          If you think these features have any value at all then it was a disservice for Tesla to not have them for 4 months.

          1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

            unlucky said:

            “If you think merely having autosteer hardware on a car not doing anything reduces accidents you’re completely fooling yourself.”

            Is that what I said? No, it’s not at all. I chose my words carefully, and what I wrote was quite clear. So please read my comments more carefully before contradicting what I said, and please stop putting words in my mouth.

          2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

            unlucky said:

            “And you claiming you would have agreed with me before is provably false as you did disagree with me many times on this before that investigation was released.”

            Just because I have disagreed with you, sometimes rather sharply, on many subjects, Unlucky, doesn’t mean that I disagree with everything you post… including what you wrote in that particular comment. In fact, in case you haven’t noticed, within the past few days I’ve expressed strong or even enthusiastic support for at least two of your posts.

            However, I will certainly acknowledge that I have had some cognitive dissonance over the wisdom of releasing AutoSteer in such an early “beta” stage, when there were still quite significant “bugs in the system”.

            So if your comment here was prompted by my formerly inconsistent and sometimes self-contradictory posts on this particular subject, then I apologize. Please don’t mistake my personal confusion and doubts regarding this very important subject for antagonism.

  3. speculawyer says:

    A little weird to roll out a project and then say “be cautious”. I know what he means but to the general public, that is not going to play well.

  4. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    @Eric Loveday

    I’ll echo Unlucky here: Thank you for using terminology making clear the distinction between hardware and software updates. All too many recent InsideEVs articles have used the term “Autopilot 2.0” without noting that’s HW (hardware) version 2.0, not software.

  5. TomArt says:

    It just sounds to me that they have since made an improvement where the system works better with an adjustment to the camera angle. Not a travesty or a mistake.

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