Speaking during the company’s Q4 earnings call yesterday, Elon Musk said that Tesla’s coast-to-coast trip will occur by the first half of 2018. Tesla previously announced the road trip, aimed to test the new Autopilot hardware in 2017. The new Autopilot 2.0 was implemented in all cars produced since October 2016. If optimised via the built-in upgrading features, it could provide Level 5 autonomous driving and fully support self-driving capabilities. Nonetheless, the success of the new hardware would be additionally dependent on the safety regulations related to autonomous driving.[

According to Musk, Tesla delayed the Los Angeles – New York trip due to deficiencies in the code. However, he reassured that the company is developing the technology which will be implemented soon.

The upcoming autonomous coast-to-coast drive will showcase a major leap forward for our self-driving technology. Additionally, an extensive overhaul of the underlying architecture of our software has now been completed, which has enabled a step-change improvement in the collection and analysis of data and fundamentally enhanced its machine-learning capabilities.

Once it polishes the technology, Tesla will have a competitive advantage over other car makers. Tesla’s vehicles are already equipped with a neural net that can collect and analyse high-quality data that can be used to improve the Autopilot features.

Our neural net, which expands as our customer fleet grows, is able to collect and analyse more high-quality data than ever before, enabling us to rollout a series of new Autopilot features in 2018 and beyond.

Snezana Sokolovska

Snezana has extensive international background and business media experience. She is covering e-mobility, autonomous vehicles and smart technology at Electric Think.

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