Back in late October, Tesla started rolling out Navigate on Autopilot, in what is being described as the company’s most advanced driver assistance feature so far, as the feature will automatically have a Tesla change lanes and take highway exits, without driver input.
Canadian owners did not get access to Navigate on Autopilot like their American neighbours, but now we have an update on the feature’s release date in Canada. According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, responding to the Tesla Model 3 Owners Club on when Navigate on Autopilot is coming to Canada, the company leader responded “should be next week.”
Should be next week
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 21, 2018
Navigate on Autopilot, as demonstrated below, is one small step towards full self-driving capabilities. Below is a video example of Navigate on Autopilot:
— The_Earl_of_FrunksGiving ?? (28delayslater) (@28delayslater) November 20, 2018
According to Tesla, this is their vision for full self-driving capabilities:
All you will need to do is get in and tell your car where to go. If you don’t say anything, the car will look at your calendar and take you there as the assumed destination or just home if nothing is on the calendar. Your Tesla will figure out the optimal route, navigate urban streets (even without lane markings), manage complex intersections with traffic lights, stop signs and roundabouts, and handle densely packed freeways with cars moving at high speed. When you arrive at your destination, simply step out at the entrance and your car will enter park seek mode, automatically search for a spot and park itself. A tap on your phone summons it back to you.
Full self-driving Teslas are supposed to be available at some time in the near future, but will “dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary widely by jurisdiction,” explains the company.