Tesla Autopilot 2.0 Status

There is a question that a lot of Tesla owners are asking these days, is Autopilot 2.0 as good as 1.0 yet? Firmware 8.1 was supposed to deliver on this in December 2016 but was postponed several times – now it’s here. Look below for what features have been implemented, and what features are still missing.

Last updated April 26th 2017 – Tesla confirmed new update including Automatic Emergency Braking for later this week.

Implemented functionality

  • Autosteer (limited speed)
  • Auto lane change (v8.1)
  • Auto low beam headlights
  • Auto park – parallel
  • Blind spot detection
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning (v8.1)
  • Traffic-aware cruise control
  • Summon (v8.1)

Missing AP1 functionality

  • Auto-dimming touchscreen
  • Auto emergency braking
  • Auto high beam headlights
  • Auto windshield wipers
  • Autopark – perpendicular
  • Side collision avoidance
  • Side collision warning

Why is AP1 currently better than AP2?

The short answer is, because AP2 is running all new hardware and they had to start from scratch. It was supposed to learn from the AP1 software, but MobileEye didn’t approve of this.

First generation AutoPilot was made possible with hardware and software from a company called MobileEye. Due to disagreements between the two companies, Tesla chose to create it’s own solution for the second generation of Autopilot.

Creating Tesla Vision without leaning on MobileEye meant that they had to start completely from scratch, which caused delays to Tesla’s timetable. AP1 had similar issues though, it improved a lot through in it’s first months. We are basically seeing the same over again – just to a bigger degree.

What does this have to do with lights, wipers and such?

All of this functionality is part of the new hardware, which has to be trained, calibrated and needs all new software. For now it means AP2 owners need to be a bit patient – but the functionality is on it’s way.

When can we expect AP2 to become as good as AP1

Initially the plan was to have equal capabilities in December 2016, but as of March 2017 AP1 is still superior – with AP2 quickly catching up. Firmware 8.1 was meant to bring parity between the two versions – which it hasn’t done yet.

What is different with AP2?

The second hardware version of Autopilot has has 8 cameras for a 360 degree view, improved ultrasonic sensors and a radar in the front combined with a supercomputer which has the power of about 150 macbook pros. This is what eventually will allow it the become a fully self driving car. Further comparison can be seen below.

Tesla Autopilot 1 sensors

Autopilot 1.0

  • 1 front camera
  • Ultrasonic sensors
  • Radar
Tesla Autopilot 2 sensors

Autopilot 2.0

  • 3 front cameras
  • 4 side cameras
  • 1 rear camera
  • Built in supercomputer
  • Improved ultrasonic sensors
  • Radar