11 things Tesla’s cars can do in Autopilot

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On Sunday, Tesla announced its latest software update, Version 8.0, will roll out in a week or two.

While the over-the-air update is expected to give the car’s user interface a big facelift, it will also add new features to Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving system called Autopilot.

Here’s a look at everything Tesla’s Autopilot can do now, as well as new the features that will be added with Version 8.0.


When Tesla first launched Autopilot in October 2015, its cars got the ability to autosteer.


At the time, Autopilot also enabled cars to change lanes with the simple tap of a turn signal. Tesla has improved the accuracy of this feature with its latest 8.0 update.


Tesla vehicles with Autopilot can self-parallel park. They can also scan for parking spaces and alert the driver when one is available.


They can also self-park in a perpendicular position.


A big new feature included in the 7.1 update, which rolled out in January, enabled Tesla cars to enter or exit parking spots without the driver in the vehicle. Drivers can also “summon” their cars to pick them up.


Autopilot lets cars manage their speeds by using active, traffic aware cruise control. But with the 8.0 update they can now better find curves in the road and adjust their speeds accordingly.

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With the 8.0 software update, Tesla vehicles can also now automatically exit off-ramps if the indicator is on. Eventually, if the navigation is on, the car will automatically be able to take the exit without the indicator.

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One of the biggest changes with 8.0 is that Autopilot is now using radar as a primary control sensor. This helps the car more accurately detect obstacles.

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Because Autopilot is making better use of radar, Tesla cars can look beyond the car located directly in front of it. It does this by bouncing the radar off the road to see what’s up ahead. So in theory, a Tesla vehicle with Autopilot could see an accident up ahead before the car it’s following can.

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The updated Autopilot will also detect if a car from another lane is entering your lane and will automatically offset the Tesla in the lane.

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With the latest update, Autopilot will also have a new safety feature to ensure the driver is paying attention. If the driver ignores repeated warnings to keep his or her hands on the wheel, the driver will be required to pull over and park the car in order to activate Autopilot again.

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