Last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that ‘Navigate on Autopilot’ is coming soon to Canada, a feature believed to be electric car maker’s most advanced driver assistance feature so far that will automatically have a Tesla change lane and take highway exits, without driver input.
Today, Musk has announced in a series of tweets that a bunch of new autopilot features is being tested for pre-release Navigate on Autopilot software, including support for “traffic lights, stop signs & roundabouts”. “If you have a Tesla built in past 2 years, definitely try Navigate on Autopilot. It will blow your mind”, said Musk.
Already testing traffic lights, stop signs & roundabouts in development software. Your Tesla will soon be able to go from your garage at home to parking at work with no driver input at all.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)
While it’s not yet known when these features will be rolled out, Engadget believes when they do arrive, it still won’t amount to full autonomy, not after the company shelved the full self-driving option for its vehicles
You’ll still have to be ready to take the wheel at a moment’s notice. It should make Navigate on Autopilot more viable beyond the highway, though, and it could help Tesla’s technology stand out at a time when numerous rivals are introducing their own semi-autonomous features.
Tesla has previously claimed that full self-driving Teslas will be available at some time in the near future, but will “dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval.