Tesla Autopilot Update in the Works | Edmunds

Tesla Autopilot Update in the Works

PALO ALTO, California — Tesla's semi-automated Autopilot driving system will be improved soon via over-the-air updates, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a series of tweets.

"Major improvements to Autopilot coming with V8.0 and 8.1 software (std OTA update) primarily through advanced processing of radar signals," Musk wrote.

The enhancements will "go to wide release in a few weeks," he added.

Autopilot is available on the Tesla Model S sedan and Tesla Model X SUV.

Autopilot is at the vanguard of self-driving automotive technology.

It allows the Model S to steer within a lane, change lanes with the tap of a turn signal, and parallel park on command.

Tesla touts the feature as helping to avoid crashes from the front and sides, along with preventing the car from wandering off the road.

It can also help the driver find a parking space.

The Autopilot features are progressively enabled over time with software updates.

Tesla has been under scrutiny by federal safety regulators following a fatal accident earlier this year involving a Model S driver using the Autopilot feature.

Edmunds says: Tesla appears to be making progress with its Autopilot system, something that tech-minded car shoppers should note.

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