Tesla CEO Elon Musk is known for setting extremely ambitious goals. Putting people on Mars and producing autonomous vehicles to the public are just two of them. It has been a rat race between major players in the tech industry like Tesla, Apple, Google, and Uber to make self-driving cars accessible, but Tesla just made a move that makes it appear as if they are in the lead.
About 1,000 Tesla cars have received an autopilot software update that is being called HW2. The Hardware 2 upgrade has only been implemented in new Model S and Model X vehicles that were produced after October 2016. These particular vehicles are outfitted with sensors like radar, cameras, and ultrasonic sensors that are still undergoing beta testing.
Included in the HW2 update are things like forward collision warning that can be user programmed for user safety distance, traffic aware cruise control, and auto-steering for low speed traffic. Musk made the announcement of version 8.1 update on New Year's Eve, and barring any issues, the rest of the vehicle's fleet will also receive the upload in the coming weeks.
Even with all these great updates, these features are aimed to be used monotonously. Vehicles that are fully self-driving aren't expected to arrive until 2018, so that means you won't be able to kick your feet up and binge on Netflix while your Tesla whisks you through traffic just yet.