Elon Musk has long promised to bring upgraded versions of Autopilot that would make Tesla cars to drive on their own, therefore, the company handed this project to a small group of employees for testing. The employees begin the tests and gathered data about the self-driving program work on Autopilot.
In the Email, Musk said there were almost 300 sports cars available in the testing program and he would choose volunteers on a “first come, first served basis.” Musk says they are also offering free Enhanced Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability upgrade packages. Employees who sign up won’t have to pay for a premium interior if they purchase a new car. In exchange, employees have to agree on terms to share 300 to 400 hours of driving feedback with the company’s Autopilot team by the end of next year,”
“Our newest self-driving convenience feature, designed to get you to your destination more efficiently by guiding your car on and off the highway. Navigate intelligently suggests lane changes to keep you on your route in addition to making adjustments so you don’t get stuck behind slow cars or trucks.”
You can enable Navigate on Autopilot by going to Controls > Autopilot and first enabling Autosteer. For each route where Navigate is available, you have the option of enabling the feature by pressing the button located in the Navigation Turn List,” said Tesla.
It is not clear whether the offer is only for Tesla employees who don’t own the company’s car or those who have retroactively access to those same discounts. In October 2016, Musk promised that from onwards all the Tesla cars would be built with that hardware needed to manufacture Self-drive cars. The company was working on a bespoke solution since then, to leverage the capabilities of Autopilot program.
Tesla was also supposed to show Autopilot’s full self-driving abilities with an Autonomous coast-to-coast drive that was originally slated for 2017. But it was Shifted later as the company wants to improve the security versions of Autopilot first.