Tesla is reported to be readying the launch of Autopilot 2.0 which is being considered to incorporate significant improvements over the current version. The development comes notwithstanding the string of crashes that the Tesla Model S have been involved in recent times when in Autopilot mode.
According to Electrek, Tesla's Autopilot 2.0 will include the installation of new sensors along with upgrades to the software as well. As is reported by Electrek, there is going to be additional radar units installed along the front corners that would complement the front facing radar already present.
That apart, there is going to be three forward facing cameras installed as well with each of the cameras playing a specific role. One of the cameras will come equipped with a wide angle lens allowing for a 150 degree FOV that will be able to watch over multiple lanes and detect objects such as cyclist, pedestrian, or lane cutting and such.
Then there is going to be a camera that will watch things just ahead of the car and will have a 50 degree FOV. The third camera will have a more narrow 25 degree FOV and would serve as a back-up unit.
Current Model S cars do with a dual front facing camera along with a single radar. A new housing to hold three cameras along with the additional radar sensors are being fitted into the new Model S units that goes into production now.
Backing up the new enhanced hardware setup would be a new software that would allow for optimum usage of the individual feeds received from each sensor. CEO Alan Musk is already promising a significant improvement in the autopilot's capabilities post the upgrade, while allowing for incremental software upgrades from time to time.
Further, there is going to be an update to the Tesla OS as well that will bump the version to 8.0. Tesla is already promising improvements with the newest version of the Tesla OS.
However, no word yet as to when we can expect the Autopilot 2.0 to make its debut. Musk though stated he is seeking inputs from engineers involved in the project on a daily basis, which means an officiallaunch can't be too far off.