Tesla started rolling out its 8.0 update, which included fixes to Autopilot, back in September. The next update, which will include new Enhanced Autopilot functions, will begin to roll out within the next three weeks. That’s right on schedule; Tesla originally promised the update sometime in December of this year.
Enhanced Autopilot takes advantage of Tesla’s full self-driving technology, which is included in all of its cars with new hardware. Enhanced Autopilot isn’t meant for complete autonomous driving, though it does smarten the car up quite a bit.
Enhanced Autopilot coming soon
“Your Tesla will match speed to traffic conditions, keep within a lane, automatically change lanes without requiring driver input, transition from one freeway to another, exit the freeway when your destination is near, self-park when near a parking spot and be summoned to and from your garage,” Tesla explains on its website.
@edwardsanchez about three weeks and it will get rolled out incrementally in monthly releases
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 27, 2016
Musk recently confirmed the software roll-out time frame on Twitter, where he explained it will “get rolled out incrementally in monthly releases.” That could mean one of two things: that Tesla isn’t going to roll out every single aforementioned feature at once, or that it will roll out to cars slowly over the period of a couple of months, only beginning in three weeks.
My guess is it’s the former.