Elon Musk: Autopilot 2.0 To Have Most Of Its Features Enabled By “End Of Next Week”


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Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that we should expect to see an update for Autopilot hardware 2 by the end of next week.

It’ll be called software update 8.1 and, according to Musk, it’ll add “most of the Autopilot functionality for HW2.”

Most, but not all…

Autopilot 2 Update Expected Soon

Autopilot 2 Update Expected Soon

We expect Tesla to add back in some of the more safety-oriented features (perhaps auto emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind spot detection, etc) first before moving to add the seemingly more complex functions such as Summon and Autopark coming later.

Eventually, the goal is to get Autopilot 2.0 back up to the functionality level of AP1 before moving forward with new features that will enable full self-driving by the end of 2017, according to Musk.

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Yeah, beta testing HW1 customers can do alpha testing now for HW2

Nothing wrong with beta-testing saving lives.

If you use Autopilot as advertised (work in tandem with it) it’s already safer. Just when you start watching a movie it is probably still not as safe as you driving yourself.

How perfect must it be (=how many people must die) before we proceed?

The poor developers can’t get some time off for Christmas?

There are most likely a number of the developers that don’t celebrate Christmas that wouldn’t mind keeping the work going.

The rest though, I hope as well that they get some time off.

Does AP make smarter drivers or dumber drivers?

Good question, but eventually there will be no drivers, only passengers.

I am quite sure that by 2025 children will wonder how the word “smart” could in any way be attributed to any (unmodified) human being.

There is no need for too many smart people.

We will see more emoticons. We will see smart phones, smart cars and smart homes. We will not see smart people. They are so outdated.

Btw. I am getting old.

Trollnonymous said:

“Does AP make smarter drivers or dumber drivers?”

Given the number of brain-dead “Look, Ma, no hands!”, and even one or two “Look, Ma, no driver!” videos posted to YouTube following the initial release of Tesla AutoSteer (Beta), and many videos since, I’d say we’d have a hard time defending the proposition that it is making drivers smarter.

As for implications for the future, I’d say that autonomous driving is going to have an effect similar to the effect of pocket calculators on the math skills of students. Sure, it makes things easier for humans… but it doesn’t at all improve the skill level. Rather the opposite.

But that doesn’t mean I oppose self-driving cars. I think a technology which will make riding in a car safer for almost everyone is well worth the trade-off of people losing driving skills.

This is the lamest thing that Tesla has going. Other makers are extensively road testing APs to make sure they are safe. Tesla is using its customers as test drivers, and so far has lost one. The excuse that “you have to supervise it” is wearing thin, and if they were to rack up enough casualties, I’m sure the government would step in.

I’m in the M3 list and looking forward to it, but no way I would trust my life to this thing.

I think you misunderstand the reason for the beta label. AP software goes through extensive testing and validation before being released. It’s labeled beta so the people using it will pay attention. So, it’s not true that Tesla is using its customers as test drivers. If you read some first hand information, you will find this to be true consistently.

I don’t consider “ooops, turns out it cannot recognize the side of a truck” to be an adequately tested product.

Scott Franco said:

“Tesla is using its customers as test drivers, and so far has lost one.”

And how many lives has Tesla Autopilot saved? Don’t you think it’s reasonable to say it has almost certainly saved more than one by now?

This is like the “wearing seat belts is dangerous, because you could get trapped in a burning car” fallacy. In fact, it’s exactly like that. Just because we can point to one, or a few, cases where the safety device resulted in a death which probably wouldn’t have otherwise occurred, doesn’t mean we’re not all safer using that device.

Kudos to Tesla for having the boldness and courage to actually put its semi-autonomous driving system into cars and let ordinary people use it. That is letting Tesla accelerate its development toward fully autonomous cars much, much faster than any other company or research group.

It also means Tesla is already saving lives with its semi-autonomous driving systems, despite the whining from Tesla bashers.

Go Tesla!

As an owner or two Tesla’s and a former software developer for autopilot and fly by wire for planes I am more than ok with the way this is rolling out . The early version is essentially driver assist but in planes we also call it autopilot even though pilots are required to be in the cockpit and paying attention at all times. It will save lives the minute it is deployed and get better.

I ordered and now bought the 2nd Tesla the day the new sensors were announced to be available on all cars .

I don’t believe it can even be legal to switch off safety features like AEB. It’s a prerequisite to obtaining a five star Euro NCAP rating, so turning it off without going through at least part of the type approval process ought not to be allowed.

(Obviously if it needs to be disabled for safety reasons it’s great they can do so remotely. But you can’t simply continue to sell cars with the bugs and without the features on which the safety rating depends while fixing the problem.)

This AP2 change must have hit Tesla pretty hard. They had a product that worked reasonably well, and is a big draw card for their vehicles. Now they have a product that does not work (AFAIK), that they are spending a lot of time (therefore money) to get going again.

How has it affected their orders? If I ordered a car with AP (is that something like $9k?) but I don’t actually get it on delivery, are people using that to sue Tesla? Or is it a deferred payment until AP2 is working again? Weird.