However, some Tesla owners may want to take a look at the self-driving features. a little earlier than that. Tesla has its own autonomous vehicle program and is making significant progress — so strong that Tesla wants to release some of these features in an over-the-air update this summer.
According to Tesla founder Elon Musk,
“We are very pleased with the progress we are making there. The main test route we are evaluating is the San Francisco to Seattle route and we are now almost able to go all the way from San Francisco to Seattle without the driver touching the controls at all.”
Tesla seems to understand this and is stressing the limits of the planned upgrade. The update will provide a sort of intelligent cruise control that can be enabled on the freeway, allowing the car to stay in its lane and match speed with traffic. The car will switch back to manual mode as soon as you exit.
The company also plans to roll out a feature that will allow users to turn off their car to park, or call the car remotely from their phone, causing an empty car to turn on and find them. Musk notes that it is currently prohibited by law on public roads and should only be used in private parking lots.