June 05, 2016

Tesla will add more self driving capabilities like urban driving and intersections ASAP as software upgrades

Sterling Anderson, lead of development for Tesla’s self-driving Autopilot technology, said that Tesla eschews the concept of model years used by other automakers. When new features are ready, they are put straight into the models already in production, he said.

“Our vehicles will receive the latest technology when we have it,” said Anderson. “Models S and X will continue to lead the way for a while in improvements.”

That suggests that the Tesla 3 won’t be Tesla’s first autonomous vehicle. Instead, when Tesla figures out how to have its vehicles drive themselves in a wider range of situations than just on highways and driveways, as its Autopilot and Summon features allow, all its vehicles will get those capabilities at the same time.

Anderson mentioned that his team is looking at how to automate urban driving and handling intersections. His remarks about how the company plans to introduce new features like those match how the company handled the rollout of its current autonomous driving technology.

SOURCE- Technology Review

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