On August 30, Tesla rolled out its latest software updates this past weekend. Update 2020.36 introduced several features. Tesla is making some considerable efforts to improve its driver-assistance systems for inner-city driving.
Hard at Work
Tesla is aggressively vying to develop its Autopilot and Full-Self Driving Capability package.
Back in 2018, Tesla CEO Elon Musk teased a development version of the Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control features. Musk said that “Your Tesla will soon be able to go from your garage at home to parking at work with no river input at all.”
The initial development stage will consist in allowing vehicles to better navigate through inner-city streets without driver input.
The company already released last April a beta version for its newer cars. It allowed vehicles to see and respond to stop signs and traffic lights at certain city intersections.
During their initial rollout, however, the capabilities of Traffic Light and Stop Sign control were very limited.
The latest updates will allow Tesla vehicles to handle traffic lights more adequately.
Here are the Release Notes for the two new features:
Green Traffic Light Chime
“A chime will play when the traffic light you are waiting for turns green. If you are waiting behind another car, the chime will play once the car advances unless Traffic-Aware Cruise Control or Autosteer is active. When Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control is activated, a chime will play when you can confirm to proceed through a green traffic light. To enable, tap Controls > Autopilot > Green Traffic Light Chime.
“Note: This chime is only designed as a notification. It is the driver’s responsibility to observe their environment and make decisions accordingly.”
Speed Assist Improvements
“Speed Assist now leverages your car’s cameras to detect speed limit signs to improve the accuracy of speed limit data on local roads. Detected speed limit signs will be displayed in the driving visualization and used to set the associated Speed Limit Warning.
“As usual, to adjust Speed Assist Settings, tap Controls > Autopilot > Speed Limit.”
During Tesla’s Autonomy Day in 2019, Musk estimated that by mid-2020 Tesla’s FSD will be fully automated and will not rely on driver input.
Although that prediction did not come to fruition, Tesla will eventually be able to implement a safe and reliable software.
The company is also adopting a smart strategy to execute that plan. Tesla is rolling out software updates bit-by-bit.
Thus, the company is able to train its Dojo Neural Network through those FSD updates.
Tesla car owners and early update adopters are already displaying the results. They are hopeful that those updates will yield positive results.
And so are we!