Check Out New Enhanced/Autopilot 2.0 Hardware On Model S And Model X – Video

11 months ago by Jay Cole 33

Last month Tesla announced that all new Model S and Model X electric vehicles would be produced with new don’t call it Autopilot 2.0 “Enhanced Autopilot” hardware.

Tesla Model S B-Pillar Camera

Tesla Model S B-Pillar Camera

That hardware would ultimately allow for Tesla’s electric vehicles to achieve Level 5 autonomous driving…hopefully by some point around 2018, as the software development progresses (and regulations allow).

And while that production kicked off mid-October, it took a bit longer than expected for the vehicles to materialize in the flesh, with the first software update to utilize it still to arrive in ~3 weeks time.

…but nonetheless that day has arrived, as YTer “Black Tesla” walks us quickly though the new external hardware on a Model S and X in the above video.

We should note that the suite will also be outfitted on all upcoming Model 3 cars when they arrive in the second half of 2017.

That suite includes forward facing radareight surround cameras with 250 meters of range giving a 360 degree field of vision, as well as twelve ultrasonic sensors, and an onboard computer with “more than 40 times the computing power of the previous generation”

Video (below):  See the hardware in action in this Tesla-produced demo of the hardware, including the system’s recognition feed

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33 responses to "Check Out New Enhanced/Autopilot 2.0 Hardware On Model S And Model X – Video"

  1. John says:

    Interesting dark music selection for an upbeat video…

    1. philip d says:

      This article isn’t very credible. The entire premise of the article hinges on this one statement.

      “The Bolt’s anticipated per-sale loss of roughly $8,000 to $9,000 is an estimate based on a sticker price of $37,500, according to a person familiar with the matter. A GM spokesman declined to comment on the expected profitability.”

      So who is this “person familiar with the matter.”?

      I’m guessing it’s this guy in the same article: “The idea that automakers will sell 40 percent of their vehicles at a loss in California is ludicrous,” said Eric Noble, president of the CarLab, a consulting company in Orange, California, who reckons most electric cars lose at least $10,000 per sale.”

      They would need to give us a little more than taking someone’s word for it to take them seriously. That have to give us a breakdown on why they think they will lose $8,000-$10,000 per car

      1. philip d says:

        I believe their belief that companies are taking a loss for every EV is coming from assuming they are and will continue to be all low volume or compliance cars. Here is another statement from the article:

        “Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s battery-powered Fiat 500e is made for California alone, and Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne said in 2014 that it was losing $14,000 per sale.”

        I think they are not understanding that the Bolt is getting their cells from LG Chem at a very good locked in price for volume sales. And that Tesla is building their gigafactory to get prices down through mass production and on site assembly.

        1. cmina says:

          Let’s put it this way: regardless of the profit or loss they’re making on the Bolt, there’s no way they will cover the tooling costs with the volume of cars they announced for production. On the plus side of things there are the constantly declining prices on batteries, motors and electrics/electronics. So they could cover a lot of their investments until 2022 when we’ll probably get the second generation of Bolt.

          1. Nix says:

            There are plenty of cars that sell less than 30K units per year and do just fine. In fact, 30K units would put it in the top half of all models sold in the US, ranked at 130th out of close to 300. If they hit 50K units, that would put them in the top 100, in the top third of volume.

            But yes, the more cars they build with the same EV components, the more profit they can make. That will always be true.

            http://www.goodcarbadcar.net/2016/01/usa-vehicle-sales-by-model-2015-calendar-year-december.html

            1. cmina says:

              Yeah but then .. the vast majority of those models don’t have this going for themselves:

              And then, contrary to what I’ve seen in quite a few comment sections:

              “A MacPherson-front-strut/rear-torsion-beam suspension nestles into an all-new chassis called BEV II, which isn’t related to the Gamma platform on the Sonic hatchback.”
              http://www.caranddriver.com/news/2017-chevrolet-bolt-ev-photos-and-info-news

              Not only the platform as a whole but, no single panel or mold seem to to be the same on these two cars:





              It’s a brand new vehicle, complete with all the financial and regulatory bells and whistles such a project entails. And, GM is missing profits on propelling this vehicle with an in house solution.

              The only sum quoted by now was the $160mln for the assembly line upgrades at the Orion Plant, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

              I guess, in the end it’s really worth it getting those ZEV credits.

        2. Mike I. says:

          Everything comes down to opportunity cost. If they didn’t do the Bolt EV program, how would they meet their CAFE and ZEV regulatory requirements? How much would it cost them if they missed the targets? GM has to look at the big picture. They can raise the price of every Silverado and GMC full size truck by $100 and make up the difference without feeling any pain at all. Would you feel better if they raised the price of every truck by $1,000 and gave the Bolt EVs away for free? GM will just play with the numbers (lease promotions most likely) to move as many Bolt EVs as they need to make their regulatory numbers. If it’s more popular than they thought, they will just reduce the promotions and make a little more money overall. This should not be news to anybody. It’s exactly what Toyota did with the RAV4 EV and are currently doing with the Mirai – bump up the promotions until you move the number that you need. Honda overshot it a bit with the Fit EV though. The unlimited mileage lease and included collision insurance made it so attractive that you had to put your name on a list and just hope you could get one.

      2. Get Real says:

        I did a search on this guy Eric Noble of CarLab and he is overwhelmingly negative about PEVs and especially Tesla in almost every article he is quoted in.

        Methinks he is being paid by the fossil fool industry to spread anti-EV FUD under the guise of him being an expert.

        Unfortunately there is a lot of this going on in the US now and it even bleeds over into IEVs as some of the faux commenters here like Dr. FUDSpreader and other minions constantly spreading negative FUD.

    2. ffbj says:

      Here is one where Whitney Tilson, an analyst, mentions our old buddy Mark Spiegel.
      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2016-11-29/whitney-tilson-i-m-so-tempted-to-short-tesla

    3. Nix says:

      why should we give credence to fake news stories that fail to provide sources or actual numbers to back their BS?

      Enough fake news already! If they have proof that GM will lose money, they should put those numbers into the story, and name their source.

      The FUD against EV’s is getting insane. For example, there is an entirely FICTIONAL writer who keeps writing fake news stories about Tesla. This person doesn’t even exist, yet they are pretending he is a “reporter”:

      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2016-11-30/the-fake-reporter-targeting-elon-musk?cmpid=yhoo.headline&yptr=yahoo

      Frankly, there comes a time where the nation’s news outlets (even little insideEV’s) have to decide that they are not going to allow themselves to be part of the problem of fake news that is trolling the internet.

    4. AlphaEdge says:

      You cannot determine loss on something that is starting production. Anyone who knows anything about mass production would not cite profit or loss this early. Upfront R&D costs have to be amortized over the entire production run of the vehicle for example. Components can get cheaper over time.

  2. georgeS says:

    good video. I thought the rear facing cameras were in the rear but they are not they are on the side. Thing is I only count 7 autopilot cameras…..4 on the side and the triple camera on the mirror. He says the one in the back is not used for AP.

    So how do they come up with 8 AP cameras? I only count 7.

    1. Viktor says:

      According to Teslas webpage they are using the back camera with the autopilot, where he have got the information I don’t know.

    2. AlphaEdge says:

      You did not watch the whole video. Watch the whole video this time, and tell me how many camera’s are present.

  3. Mike says:

    What I find absolutely amazing is Tesla’s ability to roll out innovative stuff on a regular basis.

    We get autopilot hardware, software, roof, powerwall, Model 3 reveals, 100kWh battery pack, ludicrous update, … They generate nearly as much free press as the Trumpinator, but with much less controversy!

  4. TM says:

    Pretty neat. What scares me are stop signs meant for the sharply angled streets that join onto your street that is visible to you – meaning there can be confusion as to whether or not that is your stop sign or the other street’s stop sign.

    Also, there are some streets whose stop signs are blocked by trees or bushes and you can’t see them until the last few seconds. Humans suspect that there might be a stop sign there and hopefully slow down to check it out. Yes, this is a dangerous situation, maybe the automated drivers will do better than the human drivers. So many oddball situations to deal with. But I’m sure We’ll have self driving cars on the road within 10 yrs.

    Perhaps streets and roads will have to be “certified” as autopilot enabled and the cars will only travel on these “certified” roads?

    1. Rick says:

      GPS data?

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Some Tesla spokesman, probably Elon, said Tesla is compiling a database of specific situations, to provide to any car driving in that location. A hidden stop sign would certainly seem to be one of the things they would list. In fact, if I understand it correctly, they’re mapping every public road, so the car would be provided with data on the edge of the road, and any stop signs or other traffic signs and signals, presumably everywhere.

      But if Level 5 autonomy really does include the ability to drive on dirt roads and other non-public roads, then that strongly indicates the car needs to be able to “think for itself” and “see for itself” to the extent needed to safely drive a car.

      But really, even with Level 4 autonomy, the car should be able to “think” and “see” for itself under normal conditions. For example, what if construction workers put up a detour sign, or those orange cones that block of one or more lanes of traffic? The car needs to be able to observe and react properly to such temporary conditions, even if it’s the first Tesla car to encounter them.

    3. Nix says:

      Every Tesla with autopilot (whether it is enabled or not) sends anonymous data about the roads. This is the same sort of system that makes it so you can see traffic on Google Maps, because they use live anonymous data from smart phones.

      Your car will know there is an intersection and a stop sign ahead long before you can see it.

  5. Four Electrics says:

    How are the cameras kept clear of condensation, rain, snow, ice and mud?

    1. Mike I. says:

      They have built-in defrosters for ice and condensation. Mud could be a problem. Of course the system can see the image quality deteriorating and could request the passengers to wipe them off. Front cameras are kept clear by the windshield wipers.

  6. Pete says:

    The side cam looks ugly.

    1. Damocles Axe says:

      The side cameras look much better than the side mirrors which they are almost certain to replace just as soon as regulations can be updated appropriately…

      1. Koenigsegg says:

        No they don’t. The cameras look ugly and stupid and are completely useless for driving.

        The side mirrors are very useful and look lovely.

        You don’t know what you’re saying.

        1. AlphaEdge says:

          Watcha ya talkn about?

          The side view mirrors look ugly and stupid and take your eyes from the front of the road.

          The side camera’s are very lovely to look at and are useful.

    2. Anon says:

      Looks far more tasteful and aerodynamic than anything on an autonomous Google Vehicle. :p

  7. Foo says:

    The goofy ovals in the B-pillar are ugly. Seems like an afterthought, and doesn’t match the rest of the car.

    I think the B-pillar camera “ports” would look better if they were more square and aligned with the rest of the styling.

    And why couldn’t the same port be used for both the forward-facing and rear-facing side cameras — the rear-facing cameras mounted in the fender are ugly too.

  8. Heisenberght says:

    Hmmm… My comments aren’t here anymore… Did I do something wrong?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Hey Heisenberght,

      Just checked the filters, don’t see any comments from you, and the moderated comments don’t have any from yourself either…are you sure you commented on this thread?

      Anywhoo, not sure what happened…maybe you got snagged in a short re-flash of the page while we did a back-up copy, feel free to repost if you like, as the site didn’t eat your comments on purpose, lol

      1. Heisenberght says:

        Thanks for checking…

        Repost impossible. I do not obey any medium term memory.

        Only thing I know for sure is that we will have full autonomous Tesla in 8-8-2018!

  9. JohnMB says:

    “We should note that the suite will also be outfitted on all upcoming Model 3 cars when they arrive in the second half of 2018.”

    Jay are you saying: Mod 3 will not be available until, “second half of 2018”; OR that only Mod 3s produced after “second half of 2018” will be outfitted with the suite, “Enhanced Autopilot” hardware?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Hey JohnMB,

      Good catch, that was just a little typing snafu…it should read “2017”, apologises on the that one. Corrected now, (=