Tesla car owners have started receiving the full driving beat version 9 update, the transportation technology has long been developed for a while now.
Elon Musk has hyped fully autonomous driving, slapping a hefty $10,000 price for this next transportation technology. Prices might even increase to $14,000 according to some rumors. Initially, this technology costs $3,000 to $5,000 in 2017.
All Tesla cars produced between September 2014 and October 2016 had something in common. Hardware version 1 that supports “Autopilot”, the first phase of tesla’s fully self-driving technology. This hardware allows Tesla cars produced at that time to detect road signs, lane markings, vehicles, and other obstacles.
A camera is mounted at the top of the windshield with radars in the lower grille coupled with ultrasonic acoustic location sensors.
Which are located at the back and front bumpers gives a 360-degree view of the car surrounding.
Tesla Autopilot transportation system includes parking capabilities and semi-autonomous driving, offering level 2 vehicle automation. Its features were traffic-aware cruise control, lane centering, automatic lane assist, self-parking and car summon.
Full self-driving is an upgraded version of the Autopilot technology, beta tests begin in October 2020 in selected Tesla cars in the United States.
In October 2016, all new Tesla cars produced had the hardware version 2 for Full self-driving. This is an Nvidia Drive PX 2 GPU which was replaceable for future upgrades. This hardware also includes eight surround cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors.
Another advancement in this transportation technology was made in 2018.
Hardware 3 includes an in-house Tesla-designed system on a chip with Samsung’s fabricated 14 nm.
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Tesla claimed this hardware was necessary for full self-driving, and not for “enhanced Autopilot “
The enhanced Autopilot function has automatic emergency braking, dynamic brake support, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.
Telsa’s Full self-driving tries to mimic how a human learns to drive. It trains a neural network from the ride history of hundreds of thousands of Tesla drivers and relied on radar technology for visibility. Hence, Elon Musk’s Neuralink company, which has been trained based on 3 billion miles driven by Tesla vehicles on public roads, as of April 2020.
Unlike other self-driving companies, Tesla isn’t using Lidars and highly trained drivers.
Elon Musk mentioned that Full autonomous driving is “really a software limitation:
“The hardware exists to create full autonomy, so it’s really about developing advanced, narrow AI for the car to operate on”
On October 22, 2020, Tesla released a beta version of its full self-driving software to EAP testers, in the United States.
Friday last week, software update 2021.4.18.12 was released, a transportation technology Tesla fans have been anticipating for a long time.
Well, this update isn’t final ready, hence the beta tag.
Elon Musk tweeted that “Beta 9 addresses most known issues, there will be unknown issues, so please be paranoid.”
“Safety is always top priority at Tesla” he added. Beta 9 update information shows updated larger in-car display visualizations, driver’s attentiveness monitoring, and cabin camera improvements. Just like Tesla’s Autopilot, users are required to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the cars. Since its release in 2015, there have been at least 11 deaths in nine crashes in the United States.
Users have abused and carelessly used the feature, but Tesla is more willing to gather data and iron out bugs.
From its pool of customers with its beta versions of its full self-driving feature than its competitors.
Hence its popularity in the autonomous driving space.
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