Just the next day after Elon Musk revealed to the world one of Tesla Motors’ best kept secrets — a massive hardware upgrade that will see every Tesla fitted with complete self-driving features — a promo video showing off these new mad skills was posted.
In the video, we can see a human seated inside a Model S but for all driving intents and purposes, he’s completely useless. The car is in control now.
While Autopilot had limited autonomous features, the new upgrade enables the car to travel through any environment: highways, crowded intersections, anything a human driver can do. It can even detect which parking spaces are available and stick to only those spaces that are eligible, i.e. not reserved for the disabled.
“When searching for parking, the car reads the signs to see if it is allowed to park there, which is why it skipped the disabled spot,” Musk wrote on Twitter Thursday morning. “When you want your car to return, tap summon on your phone. It will eventually find you, even if you are on the other side of the country.”
By the end of the year, Tesla plans to demonstrate a fully self-driven trip from LA to New York.