Tesla Committed To Bring Fully Self-Driving Capability to Its Vehicle In The Near Future

Tesla world leading manufacturer of electric cars has always released groundbreaking technologies in the past. One of the most prominent technologies is the Tesla’s software timeline is autonomous driving. In the technology, there is enhanced autopilot that gives unique features and the full self-driving capability that regardless of its name it will not have a self-driving capability for a while, however, it could be beneficial to the royal Tesla drivers very soon.



In the past, Tesla had stated that it would be introducing the enhanced autopilot in December 2016 that was late because Tesla begun introducing is just recently, followed by updates every few months or weeks in the anticipation of the fully self-driving capability in the end of 2017.



This feature would be accessible to certain Tesla owners in the relation to the validation and regulatory permissions in various jurisdictions. For instance, the Michigan passed a law that would make it possible for the self-driving vehicles to be permitted in the public after passing the test.



Currently, Tesla sells the Enhanced Autopilot as well as Full Self-Driving ability. The Full Self-Driving will only be useful at least towards the end of 2017, a potential Tesla driver can save few dollars while buying the car this is because Tesla charges premium for activating this feature after delivery, apart from this there are other added advantages of but this feature, prior to Tesla is fully capable of delivering self-driving system.



The Tesla vehicles have 8 cameras, 1 radar, and 360-degress ultrasonic hardware suites, during the Enhanced Autopilot only have the cameras are enabled while the customers get the rest once they buy the Full Self-Driving functionality. Tesla believes that their Full Self-Driving that utilizes all the eight camera of the car is twice as good as the day to day average driver. Thus drivers should be a position to experience the difference between the technologies prior to Tesla introducing the level five autopilot in a vehicle.



Though there no available fully autonomous vehicle among the Tesla fleet. Tesla has begun introducing the initial stage of the Enhance Autopilot that is not as similar to the first generation of the autonomous system. However, the company makes continuous improvements with the help of the information that is sourced from the owners who has chosen the Full Self-Driving functionality above of the Enhanced Autopilot, these drivers will begin experiencing some improvement thus making full use of the hardware.

Tesla Moving Rapidly Towards Full Self-Driving

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has stated that in three to six months the first “Full Self-Driving Capability” features will be offered. Achieving truly full self-driving capabilities will take significantly longer, but this will be an important step.


In October 2014, Tesla first started producing cars with the hardware capable for what it calls “Autopilot.” With an over the-air-software update, one year later, Tesla Autopilot was enabled. Among other things, Autopilot completely controls the steering, acceleration and braking when driving on the highway. After an investigation, the United States Department of Transportation recently found that Tesla vehicles with Autopilot installed are 40% less likely to crash than those without Autopilot installed.


The next major improvement came again one year later in October 2016 with the announcement that all new cars would be equipped with Autopilot 2.0 hardware. Autopilot 2.0 hardware differs from 1.0 hardware in that it contains 40 times more computational power, eight cameras instead of one, better radar and better ultrasonic sensors. As a result, Tesla claims that the new hardware will be capable of full-self driving, provided that the vehicle’s software is fully sufficient.


With the new hardware, Tesla began offering two different levels of software. The first is “Enhanced Autopilot,” which will improve substantially upon current Autopilot, but only make use of four of the cameras. This option is offered for $5000. To enable all eight cameras “Full Self-Driving Capability” must be purchased for an additional $3000. This is required for a Tesla to eventually be capable of driving anywhere without any human intervention.


Unfortunately, Tesla vehicles with Autopilot 2.0 hardware still do not yet have quite as many Autopilot capabilities as vehicles with Autopilot 1.0 hardware. Autopilot software relies heavily on deep learning techniques which require considerable amounts of data. As Tesla receives more and more data from its fleet of Autopilot 2.0 hardware containing vehicles, the Autopilot software is automatically improved. Tesla has stated that Autopilot 2.0 containing vehicles will soon have all features that Autopilot 1.0 vehicles currently have. Then in just three to six months features beyond what Tesla even considers “Enhanced Autopilot” will start to be enabled. By the end of 2017 Tesla plans to drive from Los Angeles to New York with no driver intervention.