Tesla's Autopilot 2.0 Is Coming And It Will Basically Drive Itself

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Still doesn't mean you can text and drive.

Tesla's Autopilot feature is one of the most advanced suites of semi-autonomous driving technology currently available in the industry. While it may have had its fair share of teething problems, it does let you play Pokemon Go while driving and that has got to count for something (put your pitchforks down, that is sarcasm). Thanks to a new report by the Tesla fans over at Electrek we have the first details of what to expect from Autopilot 2.0.

The 2.0 update of Autopilot will feature a whole array of new sensors, radars and the ability to push updates over-the-air. The new suite of sensors will enable what Tesla is calling level 3 autonomous driving. With over-the-air updates it would also be theoretically possible to enable fully autonomous driving in the not so distant future. In addition to the current sensors, the new update will add new radar units on all four corners of the car as well as a new front-facing triple camera setup. One of the cameras would be a wide-angle unit to scan multiple lanes of traffic. One would be used to scan directly in front of the vehicle. The final camera would be used as a backup.

While the additional sensors and cameras will certainly help push Tesla's autonomous capability forward, a large portion of future advances will come via software updates. Musk suggested that it might be possible to install some clever code to allow the car to function fully autonomously. We can't wait to see how the tech works in the real world.

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