Tesla updates software to improve radar

Tesla updates software to improve radar
In this Sept. 29, 2015, file photo, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., introduces the Model X car at the company's headquarters in Fremont, Calif. Tesla Motors customers will get enhanced radar and other features in an over-the-air software update that starts Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. The update makes the Model S sedan and Model X SUV more reliant on radar than cameras when driving in Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot mode. Teslas made after October 2014 have radar. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Tesla Motors customers will get enhanced radar and other features in an over-the-air software update that starts Wednesday night.

The update makes the Model S sedan and Model X SUV rely more reliant on radar than cameras when driving in Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot mode. Teslas made after October 2014 have radar.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the change should help avoid crashes like the one that killed a Tesla driver in Florida in May. That driver—who was using Autopilot—crashed into a tractor-trailer that Tesla's camera failed to detect.

Musk says the update also will allow customers to set a maximum temperature control system to help keep kids and pets safe if they're left in the car. The system automatically turns on the air conditioning.


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Sep 21, 2016
You couldn't pay me to drive a car with OTA updates!!! Could you imagine having to hope for your ?CAR? to be included as a supported auto for a new software update?!! I can see the future already, sorry Sir your Tesla only has 64gb of RAM and no infrared vision because your car was developed before 2025, therefore you are not eligible for a software update. However, you can still leave your car parked in the garage as a keepsake to stare at and collect dust. LOL. My future cars will run on batteries with no OTA software updates!! No matter what!

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