Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter this week and offered a brief update on when Tesla cars with the latest hardware might see the newest latest Autopilot update. He said that the company could be ready to push it as early as next week, though didn’t offer much beyond that.
Looks like we might be ready to rollout most of Autopilot functionality for HW2 towards the end of next week
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 23, 2016
This is the “Enhanced Autopilot” update that Tesla promised would roll out in 3 weeks back at the end of November, so it’s pretty much right on time. “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 said of the update at the time.
Enhanced Autopilot coming soon
It certainly sounds like an exciting update, especially the garage summoning feature that we’ve known about for a while now. Keep in mind that, even if Tesla does begin rolling it out next week, it’s possible that the rollout will be slower so that the company can manage quality control issues on a smaller scale. Also, Musk says that the update will include “most of Autopilot functionality,” which means some features aren’t quite ready.
The good news is you could be driving with Enhanced Autopilot before New Year’s Eve. Imagine what sort of autonomous functions will be ready a year from now.