Tesla is preparing to roll out its autopilot 2 software, according to tweets from CEO Elon Musk. Musk says that the software will land on an initial 1,000 vehicles in its fleet from today, with the rest operating in “Shadow Mode”. If successful, the subsequent vehicles will switch from Shadow mode — where the system feeds data back to Tesla based on what it would do if active — to Active mode by the end of the week.
Tesla’s Autopilot package makes use of eight cameras, 12 sensors, a front-facing radar, and digitally controlled brakes, to help supported vehicles avoid collisions. Autopilot would also be enable cars to maintain speed, change lanes and self park, as well as take its own course of action to prevent crashes. Tesla has said that the system would be capable of fully autonomous driving, but that this was still several years away.
New rev for Autopilot HW2 rolling out Mon to first 1000 & to rest of fleet in shadow mode. Also improves HW1 and enables Ludicrous+.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 8, 2017
Despite the hardware being in place on new Tesla vehicles, the software integration of Autopilot has remained in development since Autopilot was announced last October.
Musk also mentioned that the update would enable Ludicrous+ mode, a function that lets the Tesla P100D go from 0-60 mph in 2.4 seconds.