A new Tesla update is enabling full self-driving features
Version 9.0 is coming this August to a Tesla near you 🙌
Posted on June 12, 2018 12:07 AM.
Tesla’s next major software update ‘version 9.0’ is now set for a release in August and it will include the first ‘full self-driving features’ for Autopilot 2.0 vehicles, says CEO Elon Musk.
Now, after a complaint on Twitter regarding autopilot's reactions to lane-merging during rush hour, Elon Musk revealed Version 9.0 to be coming soon, with some shiny new features.
It doesn’t necessarily mean that Tesla’s vehicle will be able to drive autonomously, but that Tesla will start releasing features under the “Full Self-Driving Capability” package available for Autopilot 2.0 cars. Version 8.0 came back in 2016. It was Tesla’s most significant over-the-air software update at the time. It featured a user interface refresh, a few new features, and several improvements related to Autopilot.
The VergeAndrew J. Hawkins
Let’s assume for now that Musk isn’t saying that Tesla will enable its cars to become fully driverless, like Waymo’s driverless minivans, which rely on LIDAR. Autopilot Version 9 might enable improved image recognition, “seeing” objects such as traffic lights, stop signs, pedestrians, and other road features — after all, Tesla recently hired deep learning and computer vision expert Andrej Karpathy to help Autopilot with its detection abilities. Tesla has also been slow to roll out updates to Autopilot. The latest over-the-air software update came in March 2017, which included improved Autosteer for speeds up to 90 mph and auto lane changing. Tesla settled a class action lawsuit this week with owners of its vehicles who alleged Autopilot was “essentially unusable and demonstrably dangerous.”
Tesla stock closed up by 4.55 percent on Monday afternoon, while the S&P 500 was basically flat. Tesla's stock is still trading down on a year-over-year basis, however. Its shares traded around $359 on this date last year.
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