Musk: New Tesla Autopilot HW2 Release & Kernel Next Week, New Web Browser Next Month


Tesla Autopilot 2.0 – The Smoothness Is Coming

Over the weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that a new release for Autopilot with hardware 2.0 will be released on a widespread level next weekend. More updates are coming soon thereafter.

According to Musk, the Autopilot update for HW2 is focused on “smoothness improvements to longitudinal control” for Autosteer.

Some additional features are bundled in too, like automatic perpendicular parking and auto brightness for the car’s displays.

Musk added that Automatic Emergency Braking will work at high speeds with the new update too. This should please Consumer Reports who recently dropped the rankings for both the Model S and X due to auto emergency braking only functioning at very low speeds.

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Beyond all that, Musk says that a new kernel is on the way too, starting next weekend.

Further into the future, the long-awaited new web browser should be ready for release sometime next month.

Musk slipped in word that radar-only braking is slowly improving for the older Autopilot hardware 1 and the newer HW2-equipped Teslas.

There’s already been a few cars rolling off the factory floor with the latest Autopilot update. From those and other cars in the wild that have already received the update via Electrek (a glance at the in-car screenshot and discussion here at TMC):

Autopark: Perpendicular Parking

To make it easier to park in a variety of situations, Model S can now also back up into perpendicular spaces using Autopark. Drive completely past the space at no more than 10 mph until the P appears in the instrument panel. Then use the same Autopark functions as in parallel Autopark – starting canceling, pausing, resuming, and so on.

Display Brightness

With Display Brightness, you can clearly see the touchscreen and instrument panel throughout the day and night. This feature adjusts screen brightness based on your Model S surroundings. It also learns from your preferences: if you adjust the brightness manually, Display Brightness uses your update to make future adjustments.

Display Brightness is enabled by default. To disable, uncheck Auto-adjust in Controls > Displays > BRIGHTNESS & MODES.

And here’s some video of the updated Autopilot in action:

Source Electrek

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10 Comments on "Musk: New Tesla Autopilot HW2 Release & Kernel Next Week, New Web Browser Next Month"

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sven ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

In that first pic, it looks like Autosteer isn’t holding the lane very well.


He is probably changing lanes.


Got a ways to go for full autonomy. Isn’t AP only supposed to work for divided highways?


That road is divided – just a boatload of lanes.


Loboc said:

“Isn’t AP only supposed to work for divided highways?”

I presume you mean AutoSteer, not Autopilot? Tesla has authorized AutoSteer for more general use, including roads with two-way traffic, for about 7 months now, as shown in the article linked below:


Well this isn’t encouraging :/


So, AutoPilot/AutoSteer can now back a car into a regular parking place.

Good to see that Tesla continues to add functionality to its semi-autonomous driving suite!

Go Tesla!


Watch the video. It didn’t do very well at it. In fact it dud so poorly that it would be much easier to simply back in yourself.


“New kernel next week and web browser next month” – hah, good one Elon! Such a kidder that guy! What’s next? Reading text messages? Spotify? Apple Carplay? Android Auto? Man, you crack me up!!!


“….with hardware 2.0”

Does that mean it requires new hardware that is only on newer cars?