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Tesla Updates its Autopilot 2.0 to version 8.1 (17.17.4)

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【Summary】Tesla has begun to roll out an updated version of Autopilot which brings incremental improvements to its Autopilot 2.0 driving-assist feature on Model S and Model X vehicles equipped with self-driving hardware.

Original Eric Walz    May 12, 2017 5:47 PM PT
Tesla Updates its Autopilot 2.0 to version 8.1 (17.17.4)

Tesla has begun to roll out an updated version of Autopilot which brings incremental improvements to its Autopilot 2.0 driving-assist feature on Model S and Model X vehicles equipped with self-driving hardware.

According to the firmware release notes of version 8.1 (17.17.4), Model S and X owners with vehicles produced after October 2016 will now have the ability to use Autosteer and Traffic-Aware Cruise Control at speeds up to 90 mph. Previously the limit was 80 mph.

The release notes also indicate that the speed limit for off-highway use of Autosteer has been removed. Instead, use of Autosteer on local roads will be functional at any speed up to 5 mph above the posted speed limit.

In addition to Autosteer and TACC (traffic aware cruise control) updates, release notes for version 8.1 (17.17.4) also confirm a wide roll out of Automatic Emergency braking – a previously missing feature on new "hardware 2 cars" that Consumer Reports recently faulted Tesla on – Side Collision Warning enhancements, and the Auto High Beam feature.

This latest release further validates Tesla's plan to roll out driving-assist and safety features on an incremental basis, and as they become validated over time.

The Silicon-Valley electric carmaker came under fire in recently after a class-action lawsuit alleged that Tesla had inoperative standard safety features on its vehicles equipped with Autopilot 2.0. Tesla fired back with a statement saying that the company has always been transparent about its incremental software updates.

"This lawsuit is a disingenuous attempt to secure attorney's fees posing as a legitimate legal action, which is evidenced by the fact that the suit misrepresents many facts. Many of the features this suit claims are "unavailable" are in fact available, with more updates coming every month. We have always been transparent about the fact that Enhanced Autopilot software is a product that would roll out incrementally over time, and that features would continue to be introduced as validation is completed, subject to regulatory approval." the company released in a statement.

Recent videos posted to YouTube by Tesla owners who receiving the latest Autopilot 2.0 software update reveal a substantially improved highway driving experience. However, Model S and Model X drivers trying out the new software are also giving mixed reactions when it comes to the vehicle's ability to navigate local roads while in Autopilot mode.

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