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Tesla’s new Autopilot feature is straight from the future


Every new Tesla made from now on will contain brand-new autonomous driving hardware as part of a big improvement to the company’s Autopilot technology. Following up on its promises that every single car in its fleet will be capable of self-driving moving forward – if you fancy forking out $8,000 to for it – Elon Musk shared a video of its Model X car driving from a suburban home to Tesla HQ all on its new Autopilot tech.

The new self-driving hardware is made up of eight cameras placed on the outside of the car, providing 360 degrees of visibility with a range of 250 metres. To help its cars detect other objects, it’s equipped with 12 ultrasonic sensors to let it identify hard and soft objects as well as a forward-facing radar to help it see through heavy rain, fog, dust and even other cars.

These additions now make it fully autonomous, meaning a driver doesn’t need to be present for the car to operate. In the video that Musk shared, a driver is present simply for “legal reasons” and he “is not doing anything. The car is driving itself”.

As you can see, the Model X is excellent at navigating its way through side streets, onto busy roads and onto and off of the highway. Musk also stated that the technology is also smart enough that it can read road signs and decide if it can or can’t use a road or parking spot. “When searching for parking, the car reads the signs to see if it is allowed to park there, which is why it skipped the disabled spot.”

Interestingly, Musk also explained in a tweet that the car will come and find you from anywhere in the world when you summon it. “When you want your car to return, tap Summon on the phone. It will eventually find you even if you are on the other side of the country.”