A recent test conducted by the Palo Alto-based company suggests that the current software does not assist vehicles to stop at stop signs
Published By: Eunice Gettys on January 3, 2017 07:53 am EST
Auto maker Tesla Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) has been very keen to bring out modifications to its Autopilot feature, as it plans to roll out the latest update next week. The latest version is suitable for new cars embedded with second generation hardware. While that was considered to be a useful update, a recent test conducted by the Palo Alto-based company suggests that the current software does not assist vehicles to stop following stop signs.
The $30 billion company has already demonstrated its software that reacts to intersections and stop signs, yet it hasn’t been rolled out while still being in the development phases. It is important to note that currently the software update is designed to suit only when vehicles are driving on highways and in certain traffic conditions, yet it does not have the capacity to stop on intersections.
The enhanced Autopilot feature is to be rolled out next week, it will offer a lot of features such as Forward Collision Warning, Autosteer, and Traffic Aware Cruise Control. However, all these features will be functional only at low speeds.
The Country Caller has discussed the automaker's concerns for the Autopilot feature in a number of articles, while there have been flaws almost every time in it. Chief Technology Officer, JB Straubel and his team have been determined to come up with solutions so as to ensure flawless automation in the vehicles.
Ride sharing app Uber has already shown its intent to buy Tesla vehicles if the 12-year-old company can fully launch autonomous vehicles. Moreover, the collaboration is considered to be a vital part of Elon Musk’s Master Plan as he believes that automation will make it a lot easier for customers to turn their vehicles into an income generating asset.
While we await the launch of Tesla’s upcoming model 3 vehicle, it will also be important to see how the software updates can add to its user base.