Tesla brings “dramatic improvements” to its Autopilot technology

Tesla brings “dramatic improvements” to its Autopilot technology

Electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors announced the rollout of Autopilot 8.0 update on Sunday. The update comes against the backdrop of a number of Autopilot-related crashes, including an accident which occurred in Florida in May this year, resulting in the death of a Tesla Model S driver - Joshua Brown - who was driving his vehicle in Autopilot mode.

About the Autopilot 8.0 update, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told reporters on Sunday that the update brings several "dramatic improvements" to the company's Autopilot technology.

According to the details shared by Musk, the Autopilot 8.0 update will enable Tesla's cars to 'see' better and avert accidents because the cars will primarily depend on built-in radar -- and not just cameras -- to detect the obstacles in the way.

In addition, the update to the Autopilot technology will also give Tesla cars the ability to ensure that drivers are paying attention on the road when the cars are driven in self-driving mode.

Asserting that the improvements unfold by the updated autopilot technology will make Tesla's cars "by far" the safest on the road, Musk also added alongside that the updated technology "does not mean perfect safety. Perfect safety is really an impossible goal."