Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) Model S owners received a new update for the Hardware 2 electric cars (produced after October 18, 2016) that include safety features and automation. The Tesla Model S learned to Autosteer at a speed of 80 miles per hour, previously the speed at which the Autosteer was available is 55 miles per hour. The update includes Summon feature, Auto Lane Change and the Lane Departure Warning system.
“The vehicle detects adjacent lanes, shows them on the instrument panel with highlighted solid lines, and moves itself in the direction specified,” writes Tesla. “When the dashed line on the instrument panel becomes solid again, the lane change is complete and you may disengage the turn signal”.
Earlier in 2016, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he plans to do a first cross-country test drive in a fully self-driving Tesla by the end of 2017, so it is probable that more automation updates will be coming in the near future.
The 8.1 update launched only domestically today, and is expected to be launched worldwide over the week. With this update in place and with the previouse features added to the Tesla cars, the future when a truly autonomous driving experience is possible seems closer than ever before.