Tesla Autopilot

Tesla Autopilot

As Tesla continually adds incremental updates to bring its Autopilot 2.0 up to parity with the original first-generation Tesla Autopilot; what works and what doesn't?

It's outstanding that we have all these skilled and dedicated people in the tech field that are willing to go to great lengths to research and organize data related to EVs. Recently, a Tesla owner took the time to put all Autopilot features in a nifty spreadsheet, in order to show how the latest second-gen features compare the the original Mobileye Autopilot 1.0.

A self-driving Model X with new enhanced hardware was demonstrated by Tesla in October

A self-driving Model X with new enhanced hardware was demonstrated by Tesla in October

The new Autopilot system in the Tesla Model S and X has additional hardware, referred to as Hardware 2, which initially wasn't configured to offer all of the standard features that Tesla owners came to know and love. Tesla has been in a lengthy process of not only building its own proprietary version of the Mobileye system, but also using continual over-the-air updates to bring features to parity.

The timeline has been longer than many expected, and there have surely been some bumps along the way. Knowing what works and what doesn't, related to each update, is valuable information. The user that put the spreadsheet together shows each function, when the firmware was released, and whether or not parity has been achieved.

According to the Google Doc spreadsheet, the latest update (17.22.46), which Elon Musk calls "smooth as silk", has nearly every function enabled. However, the automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers are still not active. Some functions still have a "?" listed, since the user hasn't found any information verifying parity. The Automated Emergency Braking is back, but it still only functions up to 28 mph.

Other reports have shown that the new updates are "smoother", but there are still some issues with local roads. Meanwhile, highway driving has improved substantially. Tesla continues to have repeated departures and new hires in the Autopilot department, and more specifically with regards to those in charge. The automaker still asserts that the new system, once fully updated, will be capable of a much higher level of autonomy than the outgoing technology.

Source: Green Car Reports