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Tesla's latest software update makes its cars a little more self-driving

The newest software update for Tesla vehicles makes self-driving a partial reality. (Source: The Verge)
The newest software update for Tesla vehicles makes self-driving a partial reality. (Source: The Verge)
The latest update pushed to Tesla cars in the United States includes the feature 'Navigate on Autopilot'. It allows the car to suggest the next turning, if this movement will take it off or onto a highway, and complete it by itself. However, this new function still needs human approval to take effect.
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The newest update for cars under the Tesla brand will make them a little more autonomous, It enables the vehicle to select and take certain turnings on its own. This update, known as 'Navigate on Autopilot', is an elaborated form of the Enhanced Autopilot feature found in the last version of the Tesla car 'OS'. Simply called Software Version 9.0, it has generated the driver and behavioral data to give the cars it runs a little more autonomy over time.

Navigate on Autopilot allows the car to nominate a turn to take, so long as this movement would take it onto either a highway on-ramp or off-ramp. It can then act on this suggestion all by itself. On the other hand, this action requires human input. Unless the driver actually touches a relevant turn-stalk, the car does not take the ramp by itself.

Therefore, the driver is still (at least theoretically) in control and must remain alert as the car navigates on auto. On the other hand, Tesla believes that more development of the feature could allow it to activate with complete independence in the future. So far, this update only applies to cars in the United States, but could be rolled out more globally soon.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2018-10-28 (Update: 2018-10-28)
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I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.