From the Tesla Blog :I think it might also be fair to say the "autopilot" system as it stands to day is a simple integration job of the MobilEye bits and pieces. There doesn't appear to be any value add here.
That said its probably amazing for the US, as the Germans have never managed to get approval for all the MobilEye gear.
There is evidence over on TMC that this is actually happening:This combined suite of features represents the only fully integrated autopilot system involving four different feedback modules: camera, radar, ultrasonics, and GPS. These mutually reinforcing systems offer realtime data feedback from the Tesla fleet, ensuring that the system is continually learning and improving upon itself.
This of course could be down to many factors, but there are other people posting with similar experiences.I could see that AP lost lock on the road where Route 50 drops from a 4 lane divided highway to 2 lanes. Where the left lane merges into the right, the dashed line disappears for a while. Later on in the 2 lane section, a right turn lane comes off during a left hand curve in the road. I could see the projected course bend right and then snap back left: I had been using AP on the 4 lane stretch before the lane drop and was glad I had turned it off.
During the last couple days I have seen the projected course tracking correctly in both problem locations. The time of day, lighting and weather has been the same every time, and there were never any cars ahead to follow (I’m traveling against morning traffic). Then this morning I tried AP the whole length of my trip on 50 and it tracked perfectly.
The CEO of MobilEye gave a really interesting talk about their technology and how it can incorporate feedback from real world road use and improve itself (both by improving the algorithms, and also by buildling up a database of specific trouble spots). My guess is that Tesla are simply enabling this, which is great. I imagine there's some fun licensing implications about ownership of that data and the improvements that it produces in Mobileye's product.This of course could be down to many factors, but there are other people posting with similar experiences.
If it is true that Tesla are collecting route metadata and using it to improve Autopilot for the whole fleet, then this would be a game changer. It certainly makes the concept of door-to-door autonomous driving seem a little closer.