Tesla has announced its latest feature rollout, Navigate on Autopilot, which the company described as its most advanced autopilot feature to date. In a blog post, Tesla said the new feature would provide "an additional layer of safety that two eyes alone would not have".
According to Tesla, the new feature has been built exclusively for its Enhanced Autopilot platform under Software Version 9.0 released earlier this month. Navigate on Autopilot will begin rollout for US customers who have purchased the Enhanced Autopilot or full Self-Driving Capability system. Tesla said the feature would be introduced in markets outside of the US in the future pending validation and regulatory approval.
"Since introducing Software Version 9.0, Tesla owners with Enhanced Autopilot have driven tens of millions of miles to support the validation of Navigate on Autopilot, allowing us to collect performance and safety data at scale, based on real-world driving," Tesla said.
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Navigate on Autopilot works as an active guidance feature via the Enhanced Autopilot platform, Tesla said. The new feature can guide drivers from highway on-ramp to off-ramp and suggest and make route-based and speed-based lane changes.
Prior to following the suggested path, the driver will be required to confirm the suggested route. Tesla said that "future versions of Navigate on Autopilot will allow customers to waive the confirmation requirement if they choose to" but added that "until truly driverless cars are validated and approved by regulators, drivers are responsible for and must remain in control of their car at all times".