Tesla is offering a software update that will allow its vehicles’ autopilot system to detect speed limit signs using their cameras, Elektrek reported. When the camera detects a speed limit sign, it will be displayed on the driver’s visualization in the car and used to set a speed limit warning, according to the software release notes.
The latest software update also adds to its traffic light and stop sign control functionality, and sounds a chime when your Tesla is seated at a red light that turns green. This is only a notification, so it is up to the driver to decide if and when to move the car.
In April, Tesla rolled out a beta software update to its newer cars to allow them to see and respond to stop signs and traffic lights at certain intersections. The ‘Traffic light and stop sign control’ feature has been made available to Tesla vehicles with the ‘fully autonomous’ version of autopilot, and when activated, it slows the car to stop. for traffic lights and stop signs. This forces the driver to act – by pressing the accelerator or pulling the autopilot throttle – before the car can move forward.
Musk teased a development version of the traffic light and stop sign control feature in 2018, stating, “Your Tesla will soon be able to go from your garage at home to the parking lot at work without any driver intervention.”
But even though Tesla calls this version of Autopilot “fully autonomous driving,” and despite CEO Elon Musk’s promises to have fully autonomous Teslas by this year, it’s not there yet. Teslas still needs humans behind the wheel. The “fully autonomous driving” package, which starts at around $ 7,000, gives customers access to incremental upgrades like speed limits and stop sign controls.