Tesla Begins Updates To Autopilot 2.0 To Mirror First-Gen Autopilot

DEC 13 2016 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 10

Autopilot 2.0 as demonstrated by Bjorn Nyland

Autopilot 2.0 as demonstrated by Bjørn Nyland

As we recently reported, Tesla Autopilot 2.0 (second-generation) lacks common features that owners have come to know from the first generation. No need to worry, however, as the company has assured that in the next few weeks most of the features will be in place.

Self-Driving Model X from Tesla's recent video releases showcasing the current state of future Level 5 Autonomy

Self-Driving Model X from Tesla’s recent video releases showcasing the current state of future Level 5 Autonomy

Tesla’s 8.1 version software update is expected before the end of the month, and is supposed to set everything straight. As usual, Tesla has started pushing some of the updates through ahead of the promised “three week” timeline (which came from Elon musk via Twitter only two weeks ago), and obviously ahead of the 8.1 release. This weekend, at least five features have been restored via the updates.

The situation, as it stands, is that those owning Tesla vehicles with Autopilot 2.0 are without primary features, as the company is transferring the software over to its new radar, camera, and sensor architecture. The same systems that come standard with the “ability” for full level 5 autonomy, are not yet programmed to engage the simplest of software features. Those with first-generation Autopilot vehicles are not affected in the same way. Once Autopilot 2.0 is fully updated to mirror Autopilot 1.0, and Autopilot 8.1 software is in place, then the incremental monthly updates will begin to make gradual improvements.

The weekend’s update was related to auto-dimming features for the touchscreen and the headlights, among other features not necessarily related to the autonomous feature of Autopilot. However, updates to certain systems go hand in hand with others due to shared sensors and coding. Apparently, the same sensors that the car relies on to dim lighting, also affect Autopilot features. So, inadvertent updates to Autopilot 2.0 are taking place.

Specific updates include auto low beam and auto high beam headlights, auto-dimming touch screen, side collision warning, and speed assist. Unfortunately, the much more important and impacting features are the ones that we must wait for. These include autosteer, park assist and auto park, lane departure warning, auto lane change, traffic-aware cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection, side collision avoidance, and Summon.

Source: Electrek

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10 Comments on "Tesla Begins Updates To Autopilot 2.0 To Mirror First-Gen Autopilot"

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“as the company is transferring the software over to its new laser, camera, and sensor architecture.”

I did not know they has laser sensors on AP2.0?

kalle,
Agreed. I thought it was sonar, radar and cameras

The word “laser” appears to have been edited out of the article since your post, so I’m guessing that was an error.

Why do you call it Autopilot 8.1??? It’s just version 8.1. You even say Autopilot 2.0 throughout the article!!

Autopilot software version 8.1, Autopilot hardware version 2.0.

Tesla really should switch to some other designation for driver assist/self-driving hardware upgrades, perhaps “Autopilot suite Mark II”, to eliminate this confusion.

It’s… Learning! 😀

That’s interesting. The autopilot is learning from the driving behavior of model s/X owners.

Does it mean, Ford’s autopilot will learn from mustang drivers? Lookout pedestrians.

In reference to the last paragraph, people who own a Tesla with Autopilot 2.0 basically don’t have autopilot until this update is released?

You’re right John. It ain’t work until 8.1 update upload.

This might not be a follow up of its new sensors plattform, it might actually be the Mobileye aftermath. Mobileye delivered vital algorithms and huge parts of the autopilot system. But Tesla tried to tell folks, Autopilot was their tech, but all its errors were Mobileyes fault… not a good idea. Do they start from zero again? You do not deliver such a reduced system to customers if you have another option, any other car maker would develop the software for the new plattform before the start of production of the car/hardware.