Originally posted by VWEvo
It's only a matter of time until other manufacturers come up with an "auto pilot" so I'm not completely surprised to hear that Mercedes has developed a better system. Not sure it can do over the air updates like the Tesla. Being a Tesla owner now for 7 months, the autopilot is easily my favorite feature i use it all the time. 2nd favourite feature is over the air updates. Interested to see how autopilot has changed since i've purchased the car back in October. The AP that is currently in the car is definitely improved over the version when i purchased it. Its cool to know that it will only likely get better and I don't have to pay a cent for it. If the mercedes can't do this (and I suspect it can't), it is a bummer for a developing technology.
OTA is in the works from pretty much every manufacturer. Delphi is looking to have it in place that can update older vehicles as well.
AP is really gaining ground though with everyone else. It goes to show what the big car manufactures can do when they decide they want in on the action. Since my post on Drive Pilot, MB is releasing the updated version in the S Class that bumps autonomous driving situations from 20% to 80%. The S class system now eases off/brakes for curves and intersections and regains speed after it's been cleared. The AMG version is even more hilarious (and totally useless IMO), in C mode it'll take corners gently, in S mode it'll brake aggressively, throttle blip downshift, corner harder, and exit harder. What a waste haha. MB's system is still only at the top of Level 2 Autonomy, they're not looking at Level 3 until 2020. Audi, while quiet in all this, is ready with their Level 3 setup at the end of the year, but just like Tesla, pending regulatory approval.
For those that care what these levels mean...
We're looking at Level 2 and 3 systems today. What revelations is looking for is Level 5 which is a ways off.
Originally posted by benyl
You are driving a rolling iPhone. Next gen AP will come out with new / better hardware and you won't get those "free" updates anymore. It's already happened once and I am sure some people who bought the Model S right before the new hardware are pissed.
It's only a matter of time before other card companies follow suit on the OTA updates. People will begin to demand it.
To be fair, nobody's really pissed. Yet. HW1 guys are still happy with their AP. HW2 is still work in progress and doesn't even have the same level of AP functionality and accuracy as HW1. There's a handful of HW2 cars getting into all sorts of random accidents, and music to Sugarphreak's ears, they're literally driving themselves off the road for no reason so if anything, it's the HW2 guys that are bitching today. Was talking to B18C about this over dinner last month, and the way Tesla handled the HW2 fiasco (mainly driven by the Mobileye divorce) is just brutal. It's the difference between a software/tech company and the big boys how they approached the rollout.
Based on VWEvo's delivery date, his X should be HW1 which is a more refined and better working system today.
Originally posted by asd913
Keep dreaming. Car companies can't do over the air updates because of dealership power. Any update is considered a service and therefore must involve a dealer. Dealers won't allow it as they don't get paid.
Nobody goes into the dealership to get software updates. Hell 90% the time you go in for service, you're not getting updates. Dealers only update the software when there are problems. Not surprisingly, dealer associations aren't opposed to OTA updates at all.