In a statement from Tesla the company says “While we can’t make traffic disappear, we can make it a lot easier, safer, and more pleasant to sit out.”
To do so, Tesla has added a beta version of Autosteer, which utilises information from high-precision GPS maps, as well as in-car sensors to determine lane markings and keep the vehicle where it belongs.
To ensure the driver remains engaged, Autosteer requires the driver keep their hands on the wheel. Autosteer operates in conjunction with Tesla’s existing Traffic-Aware cruise control system.
Auto Lane Change is also available while Autosteer is in use - operate the turn signal while Autosteer is operational and the car will be able to perform its own lane change.
Once again, sensors will monitor the adjacent lane, and only let the vehicle move across once it detects it is safe to do so.
As an additional active safety measure, Automatic Emergency Steering and Side Collision Warning will warn drivers if an object or vehicle comes too close to the side of their Model S.
Driver’s are notified of the object via the instrument panel display.
Tesla’s final upgrade as part of the 7.0 software update is Autopark. At low speeds the vehicle will detect a suitably sized parking space and offer a ‘P’ symbol in the instrument panel.
After the driver confirms the command, the Autopark guide will appear on the central touchscreen, as well as the rear view camera display. The vehicle is then able to guide itself in, regulating vehicle speed and steering inputs.
By comparison, most other ‘self park’ systems offer steering control, but still require the driver to operate the brake and accelerator.
Tesla will also allow owners to upload their driving data to a central server, which can then be shared with other Tesla owners, so that their vehicles can learn how to drive a particular road.
Not all Model S vehicles are equipped with the full array of sensors required to run the Autopilot updates, but around 60,000 cars globally are compatible with the latest update.
The 7.0 software is available in North America today, and will roll out to other markets around the world during the next week.
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