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Tesla to deliver autonomous driving capabilities to users via “Autopilot ” OTA update

Published: October 13, 2015 | Palo Alto, CA

Tesla drivers will be able to benefit from fully autonomous driving later this week that will arrive in form of a long awaited software update for all its electric vehicles.

The Tesla Version 7 software with Autopilot gets its release this Thursday and brings with it plenty of upgrades, a new look and that all important ability for Tesla cars to be far more autonomous than is currently the case.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce the release yet gave very few details on what it actually consists of beyond a cosmetic update and the aforementioned small tweaks.

Tesla_Elon_Musk_Twitter_Autonomous_Software_Update_OTAThis isn’t the first time that Musk has spoken up about Tesla’s autonomous vehicle plans. At a conference in early 2015 he explained that the process towards autonomy would be a gradual one and that it would “take quite a while”.

Tesla’s Version 7 software has been around for a little while after the company released it to a clutch of beta testers back in August and consumers can expect to get behind the wheel of their up-to-date Tesla Model S or X in the next five data.

With Autopilot, Tesla matches and possibly raises the offerings of the highest-end automakers. Along with some standard driver assist features, the Tesla Tech Package, it combines to provide full-range adaptive cruise control (Traffic Aware Cruise Control, TACC, in Tesla terminology) that is full range, down to 0 mph and back up to speed; blind spot detection; lane departure warning; automated lane change (initiated by the driver); and traffic sign recognition.

Source: Tesla, ExtremeTech

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