Tesla begins to trial self-driving features on the Model S

Tesla has begun trialling autonomous features on a selected number of its electric cars. Launched via an over-the-air update earlier this week, the update adds driverless functionality to a beta group of the company’s Model S vehicles.

Tesla begins to trial self-driving features on the Model S

The new software is codenamed Autopilot 7 and brings several semi-autonomous features already seen on high-end vehicles such as the BMW 7 Series  and the Volvo XC90.

The new features use a range of sensors along with automated braking and accelerating to carry out more mundane driving tasks. Tesla’s Traffic Aware Cruise Control (TACC) can maintain the distance to other cars in traffic, and while on the motorway, lane-changing software will let the Tesla pass other cars with a flick of the indicator.

The software also includes an Autopark feature, which can automatically parallel-park the Tesla without input from a driver.

Even if the beta does go well, it could be a little while before we see the functionality expanded to the rest of the company’s cars.  

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