As if the Tesla Model ‘S’ wasn’t already cool enough with its semiautonomous autopilot mode, now it’s even cooler. The vehicle’s ultrasonic radar system can already sense obstacles, change lanes for you, and avoid vehicles and pedestrians – and Elon Musk just announced that the car will also be able to steer for you on the highway and parallel park.
The new highway autosteer function will allow a driver to travel long distances without ever having to touch the steering wheel or pedals. And automatic parallel parking is just what it sounds like. No date is yet scheduled for the release of the software update, as it seems Tesla is working out one last kink in the system, but road warriors will anxiously await its arrival.
According to a Tweet from Elon Musk last Friday: “Final corner case is dealing with low contrast lane markings (faded white on grey concrete) while driving into the sun at dusk.” Musk also answered several questions via Twitter, indicating the system would learn over time and share that information with the cars.
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