Too excited so I’m sharing the complete Tesla blog post.
All Tesla Cars Being Produced Now Have Full Self-Driving Hardware
by The Tesla Team
October 19, 2016
“Self-driving vehicles will play a crucial role in improving transportation safety and accelerating the world’s transition to a sustainable future. Full autonomy will enable a Tesla to be substantially safer than a human driver, lower the financial cost of transportation for those who own a car and provide low-cost on-demand mobility for those who do not.
We are excited to announce that, as of today, all Tesla vehicles produced in our factory – including Model 3 – will have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver. Eight surround cameras provide 360 degree visibility around the car at up to 250 meters of range. Twelve updated ultrasonic sensors complement this vision, allowing for detection of both hard and soft objects at nearly twice the distance of the prior system. A forward-facing radar with enhanced processing provides additional data about the world on a redundant wavelength, capable of seeing through heavy rain, fog, dust and even the car ahead.
To make sense of all of this data, a new onboard computer with more than 40 times the computing power of the previous generation runs the new Tesla-developed neural net for vision, sonar and radar processing software. Together, this system provides a view of the world that a driver alone cannot access, seeing in every direction simultaneously and on wavelengths that go far beyond the human senses.
Model S and Model X vehicles with this new hardware are already in production, and customers can purchase one today.
Before activating the features enabled by the new hardware, we will further calibrate the system using millions of miles of real-world driving to ensure significant improvements to safety and convenience. While this is occurring, Teslas with new hardware will temporarily lack certain features currently available on Teslas with first-generation Autopilot hardware, including some standard safety features such as automatic emergency braking, collision warning, lane holding and active cruise control. As these features are robustly validated we will enable them over the air, together with a rapidly expanding set of entirely new features. As always, our over-the-air software updates will keep customers at the forefront of technology and continue to make every Tesla, including those equipped with first-generation Autopilot and earlier cars, more capable over time.”
Tesla is going to change the world in ways we can’t imagine.
Tesla will be more important than Ford. Ford made the car that made America and the world as we know it today. Mercedes invented the car? Nobody cares. Nobody. An invention is an idea until you get millions of people to buy it. Business isn’t like science where history will (mostly) credit the right people. Apple didn’t invent the tablet but they did invent the tablet millions of people bought so nobody cares about the “original” creator, that fact is valuable at pub trivia night and nowhere else.
Self-driving electric cars will reshape cities and countries. If you could use a self-driving car where would you live? Where would you work? How would parking regulations change? Will traffic patterns change so that an hour drive takes thirty minutes?
Tesla autonomous electrics change everything.
As seemingly ubiquitous as gas stations are they are not as widespread as power lines. Gas cars run on gas. Electric cars run on oil and natural gas and sun and nuclear and coal and anything that powers a generator.
America will make the world great, not China.
China’s LeEco unveils a car, but cannot make it drive
by Alexandria Sage
October 19, 2016
“Chinese technology company LeEco on Wednesday made an inauspicious entry into the race to develop self-driving electric cars when its prototype car could not make it down the runway at a gala event here.”