Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Tesla has been teasing for so long that its cars will soon be self-aware that would lead to full autonomous experience. They have been continuously improving its patented Autopilot system since it was first introduced six years ago. The company has gotten a long way since its first update a year after its release. And with the latest update release of its autonomous driving software, it is seemingly inching closer than ever to its ultimate goal.
According to Kim Lyons of The Verge, the latest update released by the company lets Tesla’s Autopilot system detect certain road signs through the vehicle's built-in camera. This update gives drivers the ability to respond to these road signs as they pass through them. For example, if they pass by a speed limit sign, the car’s camera will detect it. Then, the car’s Autopilot system will alert the driver about it.
Additional new features of the latest update include features that make the car’s system smarter such as adding traffic lights and stop control signs to the plethora of street signs that the car can detect. It will also make a sound alert, a chime, when a Tesla is waiting out a stoplight that turns to green. This will help the driver to move their vehicle forward.
Before this latest feature was rolled out to most of Tesla users, the company has released a beta version of it for newer car models. The beta version of the software contains most of the features that made it to the final cut that was released late August.
This latest release is a build-up of the promise the company has always given to its loyal customers. Though the latest update may be seen as a welcome development, however, we’re still a long way before achieving full autonomy. Most Tesla models require a human driver to operate it and customers need to cough up extra cash for the company’s “full self-driving package”, which gets the first dibs when it comes to the latest beta versions and official software updates.