“8.1 is the biggest update yet for Autopilot HW2 cars” – says Chris Lattner, Tesla’s Vice President of Autopilot software, in a tweet.
With the 8.1 update, Tesla is now using 2 cameras instead of just the one out of the 8 cameras on the sensor suite. Beside this, it increases the speed limit of the Autosteer feature from 55 mph to 80 mph (128 km/h).
But, “Model S requires calibration before you can use Autosteer at driving speeds greater than 55 mph. Until the vehicle has finished calibrating, which takes place automatically over several days of driving on well-marked highways.” – Tesla warns.
As previously mentioned, Tesla is currently rebuilding its Autopilot features on the new hardware suite introduced in October 2016.
Till now, there is currently no sign of the Linux kernel update and the new browser, which were expected with 8.1, but it’s still early. Only a few Tesla owners reported that they already received the update.
Also, in the ‘Media App’, Tesla added a radio station based on ‘Favorites’, and in the ‘Maps App’, they added Google ratings and open hours for businesses. In Maps they also made improvements to the use of voice commends.
Model X finally got some new features, like the ability to disable the one-tap easy entry feature and the ability to lower the default opening height of the Falcon Wing doors.
With all these upgrades, Tesla’s self-driving cars went another step ahead of everybody else.
And of course, as is becoming tradition for Tesla, the carmaker embedded an Easter egg in the latest software, which Elon Musk teased on Twitter: