The Upcoming Tesla Vision, and Why You Should be Excited

December 13, 2016 •

The Upcoming Tesla Vision, and Why You Should be Excited(image via Tesla)

Tesla Model S and Xs are featuring the manufacturer’s all-new self-driving hardware, and it’s never been this good. Dubbed ‘Hardware 2,’ Tesla’s most recent innovation features a high-powered supercomputer to run its innovative Tesla Vision—which is one of the world’s first end-to-end image processing software suites offering a neural net and augmented driver vision.

It’s pretty cool, and it’s powered by the car world’s most up-to-date sensors. Run on an eight-camera platform, Tesla Vision does away with the typical backup cam scheme and substitutes it with a flexible surround-vision system.

A Comprehensive Look at a Comprehensive Camera Suite

Tesla Vision’s eight cameras are well-hidden—even on installed roof cameras. Each is the result of years of design, packaging, and changes. As last year’s Model S prototype passed, Tesla revamped its setup for modern availability. Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, has worked endlessly on the manufacturer’s Enhanced Autopilot system, which is expected to become a software update in December.

Self-Driving Capability

Enhanced Autopilot capabilities shouldn’t be misconstrued as Fully Self-Driving capabilities. Tesla’s newest hardware suite, while capable, is only a guiding technology for future innovations. The manufacturer believes it can enable self-driving cars soon, and that the required technology is within a couple years’ reach. The automaker now strives to reduce existent autopilot problems, running along the industry’s tightest-possible timeline.

All-new Autopilot features will be adapted to existing hardware, upgrading current hardware V1 suites. When this happens, Enhanced Autopilot will become technically better than Tesla’s already-introduced Autopilot Convenience Features. Likely, Tesla’s created Autosteer, Traffic Aware Cruise Control, Summon and Autopark features will become industry standards—acting as guiding lights for automakers across the board.

A Long Road of Improvements

In the auto world, self-driving capabilities are difficult to procure. While on-ramp and off-ramp changeovers are slowly being solved, Enhanced Autopilot still has a long way to go. Complex roads, too, are a problem, highlighting many issues with self-driving plans, installations, and upgrades.

As for full, self-driving capabilities, drivers can expect at least three to five more years of development. You should be excited, however, because Tesla Vision marks a vital cornerstone in assisted driving development. By the end of 2017, we can expect great improvements. Already Tesla’s Autopilot is achieving high-percentage autonomy in tests. While its Self-Driving capabilities will be tested via the company’s ‘shadow modes,’ collecting data without actual navigation, they still require significant attention. For now, we can wait for the industry’s best options with the comfort of a model in progress.