Tesla to release new version of Autopilot by the end of the year

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Elon Musk has announced on Twitter that autonomous features are due to hit the new vehicles next week

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Thursday that the automaker may release new stand-alone features in its latest vehicles before the end of the year. 

“It looks like we can be ready to launch most of Autopilot’s functionality for HW2 later this week,” he wrote, referring to the hardware introduced in the new Tesla vehicles in October.  

At the time, the company said the Autopilot 2 offered “full self-driving capabilities,” but not all features were activated at launch.

In a year in which Autopilot made headlines in the press involving crashes and fatalities, Tesla announced that it needed to “further calibrate the system using millions of miles of real driving,” prior to features such as automatic emergency braking, collision warning and Active cruise control are released.

Many of these features had already been included in the previous version of Autopilot, but Tesla said they would need to be “robustly validated” before being reintroduced. 

However, Musk has not made clear what resources will be released next week, indicating that some still need to be thoroughly tested.

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