Tesla planning upgrade to semi-autonomous Autopilot system
Software update to be released in a few weeks.
DETROIT — Tesla Motors is planning improvements to its semi-autonomous Autopilot system after a fatal crash earlier this summer.
CEO Elon Musk wrote in a Tweet Sept. 1 that a software update will be released in a few weeks.
Major improvements to Autopilot coming with V8.0 and 8.1 software (std OTA update) primarily through advanced processing of radar signals
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 31, 2016
Musk says a software update will make “major improvements” to Autopilot, including more advanced processing of radar signals. Software updates are delivered over the air to Tesla owners.
The Autopilot system can maintain a set speed, keep the car within its lane and brake automatically. Radar helps the car see things that may be blocked to cameras in bright sunlight or bad weather.