Tesla Begins Cautious Rollout Of Autopilot 2 Update

11 months ago by Steven Loveday 2

HW2 Autopilot 2 update was uploaded to 1,000 vehicles on New Year's Eve

HW2 Autopilot 2 update was uploaded to 1,000 vehicles on New Year’s Eve

As we reported, Tesla ran into a problem and was unable to roll out Autopilot 2 update (Enhanced Autopilot or Hardware2 Autopilot, as it’s now being referred to, to negate confusion).

Musk explained that if the “fix” worked, updates would begin soon; and apparently, everything worked as planned and software uploaded to 1,000 vehicles, prior to the close of the year.

The cars being updated are self-driving hardware upgraded vehicles only. These are the ones built since October. Next week, if the first 1,000 cars experience no problems, the rest of the HW2 cars will get the update, along with the speed Easter Egg, for those with P100D models.

By the end of January, first-generation Autopilot should see the Enhanced Autopilot 2 update in place

By the end of January, first-generation Autopilot should see the Enhanced Autopilot 2 update in place

Most Tesla vehicles currently on the roads have the first-generation hardware (HW1).

Unfortunately, those owners won’t see the Enhanced Autopilot update until the end of January. When Enhanced Autopilot and full-self driving hardware was released in October, Musk warned that those purchasing new vehicles would lack common HW1 Autopilot features, until the second-generation hardware could be brought to parity.

Most of the work that Tesla has been doing thus far, related to preparing the new Autopilot software, has involved bringing all of the necessary “normal” HW1 features to the HW2 vehicles.

Once both generations are “matched” and all vehicles have Enhanced Autopilot software updates, incremental updates will continue, with the final goal of full autonomy.

First generation Autopilot was released on October of 2014. Since then, Tesla has been able to compile well over 1.3 billion miles of data to assist with R&D of the hardware and software.

Source: Bloomberg

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2 responses to "Tesla Begins Cautious Rollout Of Autopilot 2 Update"

  1. unlucky says:

    Are you saying this software provides a different level of autopilot than the HW1 cars have?

    That hasn’t been my understanding. I believe this is just the same features but for people who so far have not had them because HW2 wasn’t supported yet.

    And the article seems to back me on this.

    This isn’t a “autopilot 2” update, right? Not for anyone. That begins in a month or so.

    1. Josh Bryant says:

      My understanding is a little different than this article.

      HW1 vehicles got an update for the enhanced radar capability a month or two ago.

      HW2 vehicles have no autopilot software so far. This software update will provide most (if not all) of the HW1 autopilot features + the speed bump for the P100Ds.

      Throughout this year HW2 vehicles will get “Enhanced Autopilot” features that the HW1 vehicles won’t be capable of due to the lack of hardware (sensors and/or processing power).