Elon Musk has revealed the firm is about to release a'major update' to the firm's autopilot software. He says the new system will radically improve the system's use of radar detectors. 'Major improvements to Autopilot coming with V8.0 and 8.1 software (std OTA update) primarily through advanced processing of radar signals,' he tweeted. The software update is set to be made available'within weeks', Musk said on Twitter, claiming it dramatically improves the use of radar data. The upgrade will enable the Model S P100D Ludicrous to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 2.5 seconds, making it the world's third fastest production car, behind the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder.
The Tesla Model S and Model X have been upgraded with larger batteries - and an even faster'ludicrous mode'. Elon Musk confirmed the arrival of new 100kWh battery packs, an improvement on the 90kWh batteries currently available. The new Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode will be the third fastest accelerating production car ever produced, with a 0-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds. Elon Musk confirmed the arrival of new 100kWh battery packs, an improvement on the 90kWh batteries currently available - and said the firm's ludicrous mode was now even quicker. The upgrade will enable the Model S P100D Ludicrous to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 2.5 seconds, making it the world's third fastest production car, behind the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder.
Once the update arrives, Tesla vehicles will be able to drive themselves in a city the way they can perform highway cruising now, the company said. That means interpreting stop signs and traffic lights, making sharp turns, and navigating stop-and-go urban traffic and other obstacles -- a far more difficult task than navigating long, relatively straight stretches of highways. Although Tesla's website has promised features as soon as this year including the ability to recognize and react to traffic lights and stop signs, and what it calls "Automatic driving on city streets," the suite would still require a human driver behind the wheel. As soon as next year, Tesla has said, the cars will be able to operate reliably on their own, even allowing the driver to fall asleep. This tiered approach is different from companies such as Waymo, whose sole aim is to launch autonomous vehicles that do not need a driver behind the wheel.
Tesla, under pressure to show it can generate profits on its main business of making electric cars, on Monday trumpeted a custom-designed computer chip to let its vehicles drive themselves. Even with the new chip -- which comes with all new vehicles and can be installed in older ones -- Teslas still aren't yet fully capable of driving without human intervention. They now have "all hardware necessary," said Elon Musk, Tesla's chief executive officer. "All you have to do is improve the software." The software will be updated over the air to allow full self-driving by the end of the year, he said.