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03 January, 2017, 08:31 | Author: Abraham Jackson

Unlike older Teslas, vehicles built after October - known as hardware 2, "HW2" - were released initially without the full suite of Autopilot features, which provide advanced semi-autonomous driving for use on highway.

Now the new Autopilot update is reaching about 1,000 HW2-era (October and beyond) cars while the rest of the HW2 fleet should get it in the following week only if there are no reported issues.

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) shares declined 0.46% on Friday, December 30 as, Ji Chang Son, a Model X owner, sued the company.

According to BusinessInsider, Tesla's CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter that Tesla will be rolling out the Enhanced Autopilot system before 2017 ends.

The electric auto company tweeted Sunday that customers have until January 15 to order a Model S or Model X and still receive unlimited Supercharging, a network of 769 fast-charging stations located near interstates throughout the continental U.S., Europe, China, and Japan. The update comes after the company fixed a bug that prevented its vehicles from booting while operating in sub-zero temperatures. He gave notice that the new models would temporarily lack a few of the features that had been placed on the "first generation" Autopilot as the company worked on validating the software.

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Musk didn't go into details of the update, but Electrek reported that the release notes include Autopilot's Traffic Aware Cruise Control feature, Forward Collision Warning, and Autosteer, although the latter is only enabled at "low-speed".

Most of the work that Tesla has been doing thus far, related to preparing the new Autopilot software, has involved bringing all of the necessary "normal" HW1 features to the HW2 vehicles.

The autopilot hardware has been installed on Tesla vehicles since October 2014, which has allowed the company to collect 1.3 billion miles of data covering many different types of road and weather conditions, which is bringing true autonomous driving ever closer.

However, the Tesla 8.1 update doesn't include the "full autonomy" feature that the new generation of Teslas has.

The first phase of "Enhanced Autopilot" is going to be pushed to more cars this week, but owners shouldn't expect to have the stop signs being displayed on the instrument cluster.

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