Tesla announced it will be rolling out a new update that will now limit autopilot to the posted speed limit when the car is travelling on an undivided road. This is part of an “Enhanced Autopilot” that the company is planning to roll out.
Safety continues to be the company’s top priority with their software. The enhanced autopilot will match the car’s speed to traffic conditions, keep within a lane and automatically change lanes without driver input, according to the company’s website. The update is expected to roll out sometime this month.
The new update is the latest release in a series of tweaks that the company is making following a fatal accident. The fatal accident occurred in May when the vehicle was speeding while the autopilot system was active. The driver of the vehicle was on a divided road though, so this new update would not have applied to them.
Autopilot was previously limited to five miles per hour over the speed limit when cars are traveling the same direction without physical barriers between them. Now, autopilot will maintain a speed no higher than the speed limit.
This previous update in the series of tweaks was in September, when Tesla adjusted how the system “nags” at the driver to be more restrictive at how often if they are not touching the steering wheel while autopilot is active.
Other updates that will come with the enhanced autopilot will be the car’s ability to transition from one freeway to another, exit the freeway when your destination is near, self-park when you are near a parking spot and be summoned to and from your garage.
This new software update does not apply to highways, however, the driver is still able to set the speed limit to the speed that they prefer. The autopilot software does still hold its 90 mph maximum speed limit on the highway.
The software update is version 8.0. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said while the software update is coming along nicely, it is unlikely to be completely finished before the end of this year.
The new update has a few new rules. Driver’s must hold the steering wheel after more than 5 minutes of going straight on a straight road that has a speed limit of 45 mph or less.
Some owners of Tesla’s approve of the new software update, while some users claim that this new software update takes away features they enjoy and features that they already paid for when they purchased the car.