Musk Gives Updates On Autopilot V9.0

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Finally, it seems we know when to expect the new systems.

Elon Musk has been shaking things up in the cryptocurrency world, but more controversial than his conflicting tweets is his company's so-called Full Self Driving system. We've been waiting for more updates on when this system might finally be released, and last month, we heard that it would be soon. Now we have more info, thanks to a tweet from Teslarati explaining the recent updates that have been made to Tesla's website. Musk replied to this tweet, and these indicate that the V9.0 update is ready to roll out and will not feature a radar anymore but will only work with cameras, as Musk has previously hinted.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1397347380874203136
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Using a more AI-based approach, the radar-free system is certainly coming to new versions of vehicles like the Model 3 and Model Y, as both of these have had any word of radar removed from these models' pages, as well as from the descriptions of Autopilot and FSD. But even with all these signs, many are wondering if Musk's tweet is actually true since the V9.0 update has been delayed on so many occasions. Worse still is that FSD will see a price increase up from $10,000 to $14,000. Ouch.

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On the plus side, it seems that Enhanced Autopilot will be offered again. This provides features like automatic parking and navigation, as well as Tesla's Summon feature. All of these details - vision-based Autopilot with FSD and Enhanced features - all make sense if there is indeed a price increase coming. It just remains to be seen if there will be any issues with the rollout, but existing Tesla owners won't be too happy about the fact that FSD appears to be limited to new vehicles without radar-based Autopilot. Perhaps Tesla will compensate these buyers in some way, or offer a retrofitting service, but either way, it's good to know that self-driving tech is slowly progressing.

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