Yesterday Tesla began rolling out software update 2021.24.12. These incremental updates often give attention to bug fixes before they’re widely rolled out to the complete fleet. Nonetheless, every from time to time we’re introduced to some recent features in some extent release.
With software update 2021.24.12 Tesla has began to roll out the flexibility to detect and decelerate for emergency vehicles. When Tesla released version 9 of the FSD Beta in July, they introduced recent visualizations that show when a vehicle is actively braking.
The brand new visualizations were impressive and left behind the dotted, matrix-like visualizations of v8 betas. After the v9 release, Elon said that Tesla is working on detecting and reacting to greater than just brake lights, but in addition additional things, equivalent to turn signals, hazards, emergency vehicles and even hand gestures.
With this update, it looks like some vehicles at the moment are getting the flexibility to detect emergency vehicles and react to them, while also alerting the driving force.
Twitter user Analytic.eth discovered this recent feature within the owner’s manual that’s within the automotive. Tesla creates dynamic owner’s manuals, so that they can show certain content only to vehicles which have a particular feature. So not everyone will give you the option to see this content of their owner’s manual. On this case, Analytic.eth’s owner’s manual shows that his automotive now detects emergency vehicles in certain cases.
The owner’s manual says:
“If Model3/ModelY detects lights from an emergency vehicle when using Autosteer at night on a high speed road, the driving speed is routinely reduced and the touchscreen displays a message informing you of the slowdown. You will even hear a chime and see a reminder to maintain your hands on the steering wheel. When the sunshine detections pass by or stop to seem, Autopilot resumes your cruising speed. Alternatively, you might tap the accelerator to resume your cruising speed.
Never depend upon Autopilot features to find out the presence of emergency vehicles. Model3/ModelY may not detect lights from emergency vehicles in all situations. Keep your eyes in your driving path and at all times be prepared to take immediate motion.””
It seems that Tesla is within the early phases of testing this feature. They’re detecting emergency vehicles light only at night, when the feature can be more easily spotted. They’re also giving the driving force the flexibility to coach the neural net by confirming or denying the presence of emergency lights, by tapping the accelerator if there’s not an emergency vehicle they usually are not looking for the automotive to decelerate.
Tesla executed an identical strategy with traffic light detecting where they asked the driving force to verify the presence of a green light by tapping on the accelerator.
It will help train the neural net by delivering possibly tens of hundreds of images and videos to Tesla when a vehicle possibly didn’t accurately detect an emergency vehicle.
Expect this feature to realize recent capabilities and expand to additional vehicles in the approaching weeks and months.