The recent months have been big for self-driving technology, and Tesla is still ahead of the game as 2017 begins, rolling out a much-anticipated Autopilot update for its newer models.
All Teslas built after October 2016 were initially released without the full suite of hardware required for advanced semi-autonomous driving; however, they are equipped with systems which would allow for autonomous driving in the future. This new update will begin to bring these vehicles’ Autopilot capabilities closer to those of older Tesla models, while preparing them for completely autonomous capabilities in the future by taking advantage of the newer technologies installed on the vehicles.
Nevertheless, this update will only be featured in an initial 1,000 cars. Musk says that a wider rollout is due within a week.
Some features of this new update include Autopilot’s Traffic Aware Cruise Control feature, Forward Collision Warning, and Autosteer.
Musk is also targeting a full coast-to-coast test drive of a fully self-driving Tesla by late 2017. Out of all the big tech companies to watch in 2017, Tesla is sure to turn out some of the most interesting news.