Tesla has revealed details of its latest software update, version 8.0, which deals with safety elements of the car, alongside numerous other improvements.
A total of 200 improvements have been made to the cars' system, most notably including updates to Tesla’s Autopilot system, which has drawn criticism in recent months after a series of accidents that it was accused of being responsible for.
Tesla claims that its new system will reduce accidents in its vehicles by up to half. Tesla cars use a system which allows the cars to ‘look’ ahead using radar, and can respond to traffic two cars ahead. Tesla claims this will improve reaction time to incidents in which the car must brake heavily, which would previously have only been noticed when the car immediately in front applied its brakes.
The cars' ability to detect other vehicles at an angle when entering a curve in the road has also been improved.
The Autopilot system now disables automatic steering if the driver ignores safety warnings and keeps their hands off the wheel. The car's indication to the driver under Autopilot mode has also been tweaked, making it clearer.