Tesla’s Model S and Model X vehicles can now drive for you thanks to a software update issued Wednesday by the all-electric automaker. Before you get too excited, it’s not a self-driving car like what Google has been working on but rather will steer down the highway, help you change lanes, and pass slower vehicles for you.
The CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk warned drivers to still keep their hands on the wheel as the system is supposed to beep if you don’t. There is also a pedestrian warning system that “should” avoid them but he said during press conference.
In October of last year Tesla started equipping Model S with hardware to allow for the incremental introduction of self-driving technology: a forward radar, a forward-looking camera, 12 long-range ultrasonic sensors positioned to sense 16 feet around the car in every direction at all speeds, and a high-precision digitally-controlled electric assist braking system.
One feature that might come in handy during Black Friday shopping next month is that it can scan for a parking space and alert you when one is available and it can also parallel park on command.
Customers should have already received the Tesla Version 7.0 software over-the-air and Tesla said they would continue to update the software as time goes on.