Tesla’s Autopilot update: Autosteer for up to 80 mph, draw in your car, more

Tesla has rolled out new features for Autopilot in what’s being touted as its biggest update.

Maybe Chris Lattner, the company’s vice president of Autopilot, is referring to the flashiest, fastest update: Autosteer will now work for speeds up to 80 mph. It’s the automatic-steering function that previously worked for the less-likely-to-get-you-a-ticket speeds of up to 55 mph.

Autosteer has been improved by using another front-facing camera, which means Tesla is now using two out of a planned eight cameras, Electrek reports.

But also, HW2 (hardware 2, or Tesla’s latest hardware) Model S and Model X vehicles now get Summon, which can save Tesla owners from the mundane task of having to park their own cars. They can use their keyfobs, Tesla’s mobile app or hit the Park button on the gearshifts to park their vehicles.

Also included with 8.1 is automatic lane changing, lane-departure warning and other updates such as one-tap automatic seat adjustment. The updates were rolled out Wednesday in North America and will go worldwide soon.

What does Tesla CEO Elon Musk have to say about all this? He’s hyping an Easter egg in the software update: Tesla owners can now draw on their center dashes.

Which brings us back to possible traffic tickets. Will DWD (drawing while driving) become a thing?


Photo: A Model X in a Tesla showroom in Palo Alto in 2013. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)


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