Tesla recently received an order from the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) in Germany to drop its Autopilot brand name. Autopilot is the name given to promote the company’s driver-assistance software, with the KBA calling the term ‘misleading’ and leading customers to have ‘incorrect expectations.’
Recently Tesla issued an update to its autonomous driving software that CEO Elon Musk claimed would likely have prevented a fatality that happened in May.
The update to the Autopilot system, Version 8, makes more prominent use of radar to process signals from the car’s surroundings.
Formerly the radar had been used as an auxiliary sensor to the vehicles’ main cameras. Radar was initially added to Tesla vehicles in October 2014 as part of the Autopilot hardware suite. In a blog post on its site, the company said that issues around radar, including potential over-sensitivity, had now been navigated.
Tesla said that radar will now be used as a primary control sensor without requiring confirmation from the camera. This will involve fleet learning, which will monitor the actions of other vehicles in response to a hazard and use this information to determine what the Tesla should do.
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