After a Tuesday meeting, the government of Sweden eradicated the time limit for self-driving vehicle projects.
Tesla’s Autopilot was one of the projects that got the green light for testing in the country after the time limit was taken away. It will pave way for car companies with integrated driver assistance systems - Tesla being the top-tier automaker that holds the promising Autopilot feature that is bound for level five autonomy.
Swedish infrastructure minister, Tomas Eneroth said that Sweden is the place where vehicle development must take place. Therefore, the country’s authorities decided to ease the reins on car technology testing. They are attempting to build the optimal environment to conduct said tests.
Hindering the development of these projects can negatively impact the company from achieving major car breakthroughs that usually take years to complete. Tesla first introduced the Autopilot concept in 2013, and now in 2020, it’s well underway to becoming a state-of-the-art self-driving tech, leading way ahead of all other car companies. But Tesla never stops innovating and enhancing its products and is working on making Autopilot the best there is, with new enhancements coming up soon.
The EV company is working on building a larger network that will be able to handle the massive flow of data from the Autopilot. It will also serve as the central processing unit where all kinds of analysis and data operations are carried out. This Neural network that resembles the inner workings of a human brain will be able to gather patterns and real-time data from driving sessions, adding more to the algorithm to generate more and better responses and suggestions.
The time limit ordinance was not due to expire until July 2022. But with the extension, it will give the projects more time to work in Sweden. Lighter policies will possibly be imposed with time, including driverless testing on the road.
Eneroth also says that more nations in Europe should be more open to testing these kinds of technological and automotive developments to catch up with that in other continents like Asia and North America. Changes in the regulations will be in effect by 2021.