We already know Tesla’s next generation Autopilot platform is coming soon, according to sources who spoke to TechnoBuffalo. Now, a report from Elektrek has shed more light on just how significant this update will be.
Eletrek’s sources claim the updated platform will feature new hardware that will potentially enable level 4 fully autonomous driving. And apparently in the “not too distant future,” too, according to the report.
Autopilot 2.0 will allegedly keep the current front-facing radar arrangement and add more on top of that, with reportedly one in each corner of the vehicle. In addition to that, the front of the car will apparently be outfitted with a triple camera system, which Tesla is said to be installing in cars this week.
Although Tesla has been spotted testing LIDAR sensors, the automaker has reportedly moved away from that option. Musk has previously stated that Tesla’s technology is the superior option, and is capable of seeing through rain, snow, fog, and dust. Inclement weather is certainly a concern for self-driving vehicles but Tesla seems confident its technology is capable of handling poor conditions.
The software necessary to run the system has reportedly been written. Now, it’s just a matter of Tesla rolling out its newest platform, which Elektrek says will be released “fairly soon.” Several production vehicles are already built in a way to seamlessly receive new hardware, such as the triple camera system. However, Elektrek notes that there may be some issues going from Autopilot 1.0 to Autopilot 2.0 because the updated platform would need a dedicated computing channel.
As part of the Autopilot 2.0 platform, the system will be capable of recognizing and reacting to stop signs and traffic lights without driver intervention, something the existing platform cannot do.
Per Eletrek’s report, Tesla said it does not comment on speculation.