Tesla Finally Makes Its New Autopilot as Good as the Old One


Tesla is pushing a software update that makes its latest cars as good as its older cars. AutoPilot 8.1 expands the autonomous capabilities of every Tesla sold in the past six months, making them more adept at cruising along on their own. Once downloaded and installed, the cars can steer themselves at up to 80 mph (up from 55 mph), squeeze into tight parking spaces, and change lanes when the driver clicks on the turn signal. Perhaps those skills sound familiar: Model S sedans and Model X crossovers that rolled out of the Tesla factory before October could do all of those things. Cars built in the past six months took a step backward when Tesla started installing more sophisticated hardware--gear CEO Elon Musk says could give the cars full autonomy one day--but not the software needed to use it.

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