Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) will finally equip its luxury electric cars with fully autonomous, self-driving capabilities this year. Elon Musk, the CEO at Tesla, projects that owners driving cars with the upcoming feature will begin noticing its enhancements in about three to six months.
“Safety should improve significantly due to autonomy features, even if [regulators] disallow no driver present,” Musk stated via Twitter.
Right now interest is building about the true benefits of the buffed up Autopilot system. Tesla Motors isn’t revealing else much either. Today LearnBonds looks at the performance and safety improvements owners will see in a few months.
Earlier this months, LearnBonds took an in-depth look at the Model 3’s price incentives and performance aspects. Judging by Tesla’s assurances thus far, the auto scene can expect a game-changing vehicle to roll out in 2017. If you would like to take a look at our Model 3 cost report, click here. Those looking for an in-depth update about the affordable EV and when it will be seen on our roads can click here.
Who gets Tesla Motors’ entirely self-driving cars
Tesla enthusiasts are much more familiar with the company’s recent Enhanced Autopilot. It was officially release just several days ago. The electric car giant held the update back until the new year settled in, although it was initially due last month. 2017 has already had Tesla introduce and announce a number of major changes. Beyond the adjustments made to its Supercharger Program and Autopilot, this year will see the long-awaited launch of the company’s affordable Model 3 sedan. Tesla Motors has a massive 2017 to wade through, and a lot of pressure to get things right.
Enhanced Autopilot is only a few days into its release. The new software will periodically get updates during the course of the year. This will likely to go on unit Tesla decides to showcase the fully autonomous capacity of its cars sometime near the end of 2017.
Despite Tesla getting its fully autonomous, self-driving capabilities ready by year-end, many owners will be barred from fully enjoying their benefits. Full Self-driving Capability will be distributed to specific owners. The availability of its features will depend on jurisdictional validation and regulatory approval, among other things.
For instance, the state of Michigan now allows for self-guided, autonomous cars to be used. This is provide their systems meet certain criteria. Although there are numerous other states and regions across the world which are strongly opposed to self-driving cars moving on public roads, manned or not. Full Self-driving Capability is also sold as a separate Autopilot package, meaning certain system enhancement will come at a financial cost to the owner.
Enhance Autopilot Vs. Full Self-driving Capabilities
Every Tesla equipped with Autopilot right now holds the same hardware. It includes full 360 ultrasonic sensors, radar and 8 cameras. However, not all of these features are available to use at the moment. Only a portion of the cameras are enabled for Enhanced Autopilot users. Buyers who adopt Full Self-driving Capability will get to enjoy all the benefits of the hardware.
What are these benefits? With Full Self-driving Capability, Teslas will at all times monitor themselves, their surroundings and self-guide to an extent. Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) data says the buffed up system will render owners around twice as safe as before. The Autopilot add-on allows “full self-driving in almost all circumstances, at what we believe will be a probability of safety at least twice as good as the average human driver.”
To reiterate, Tesla Motors Inc does not offer any of these full enhancement at the moment. The luxury car maker has only entered first stages of its Enhanced Autopilot publication. Musk admitted late last year that the update will require a considerable amount of time and effort to pull off. Regardless, updates are now on the way. As more of them make their way to owners, those who have opted for Full Self-driving Capability over Enhanced Autopilot should notice considerable improvements in three months. However, every Tesla owner will benefit for the enhancements in varying degrees before Tesla launches its Autopilot with level 5 autonomy.
Will I be missing out?
There will be system benefits that Enhanced Autopilot users won’t get to enjoy. Although true envy probably won’t set in until the of this year. As said earlier, Enhanced Autopilot and Full Self-driving Capability are two different packages. Tesla owners who have opted for the former can save up for Full Self-driving in the meantime. For prospective Tesla buyers, it would be best to note that upgrading to the level 5 autonomy system costs considerably more than choosing it upon purchase.
More Tesla updates
LearnBonds recently covered the Tesla Supercharger Network in relation to the Model 3 and its owners. The new year ushered in a number of changes to the economics of the company’s public charging stations. This year will finally see Tesla make a bit of cash from its vast network of public Superchargers. Although the company has assured owners that the transition does not form part of a profit scheme. Regardless, those who have plans to order a new Tesla this year, whether it is the Model S, 3 or X, will form part of less privileged class of the Tesla community. For info on the Tesla Motors Inc’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Supercharger transformation, click here.