New Autopilot data has been recently added to Tesla models. In a recent video presentation, the Senior Director of Artificial Intelligence, Andrej Karpathy, outlined some of the new added data at the Scaled Machine Learning Conference in February of this year. They include the added 3 billion miles to Autopilot, navigating with Autopilot, smart summon updates, emergency brake system, and a fully automated Autopilot.
3 Billion Miles
For those who do not know, Autopilot is a feature that allows the car to drive itself. The car is able to stay in one lane and keeps distance from other cars from all angles. The first piece of data that Andrej presents in the video is that Tesla has now added 2 billion miles to the previous added 1 billion back in November of 2018.
In the video, Andrej explains the advanced feature of navigating on Auto pilot, “This allows you to set a pin somewhere in the world as a destination and then as long as you stick to the highway system the car will automatically reach that destination on the highway system, it will do all of the lane changes, it will do all of the right forks that interchanges, and it will overtake slow vehicles ahead of you.”
This feature was introduced last year. It allowed you to summon your car from a parking space a few feet away by just using your phone through the Tesla app. Now, you can summon the car from further away and in more complex parking areas.
Emergency Brake System
Before the update, Tesla cars had already implemented safety features through the driver-assist system that alert the driver for potential collisions from other cars by turning down whatever you are listening to and making beeping noise. With the new update, the Emergency
Brake system prevents collisions from inattentive pedestrians from getting hit by slamming on the breaks at the right time. In the video, Andrej shows 3 videos during the presentation of pedestrians not paying attention and the Emergency Brake system is used successfully.
Fully Automated Autopilot
Tesla has also made a fully automated autopilot that Tesla claims is fail-safe. According to Car and Driver, Pete Bannon, former Autopilot director, says that the new hardware,”does not take up half of your trunk,” taking a shot at past prototypes from other automakers. The Model 3 has undergone all of the installing process for the new hardware, models X and S will have the
Elon Musk doubles down on the fail-safe promise, “the probability of this computer failing is substantially lower than someone losing consciousness.”
With all of these new updates, the idea of a self-driving car has become more of a reality. We will wait to see how well this new Autopilot data will perform and how ‘fail-safe” the fully automated autopilot really is.