Autopilot update 8.0 moving forward

Elon Musk tweeted this morning saying that he is “hoping to start the rollout of 8.0 on Wednesday if no last minute issues discovered.”

The biggest change in Autopilot is an increased reliance radar. “After careful consideration, we now believe [radar] can be used as a primary control sensor without requiring the camera to confirm visual image recognition,” wrote Musk in a blog post on Sunday. The sensor was first installed to Tesla vehicles in 2014 and this update may be because of the fatal car crash of a Tesla Model S in which the driver was killed while using the Autopilot service in May.

Also included in the update will be a “geocoded whitelist” of objects such as signs and other obstacles that result in the misidentification of objects and the vehicle making unnecessary braking or dangerous maneuvering. The fatal accident in May was caused when Autopilot did not recognize a truck that was turning towards the car and instead identified it as an overhead sign.

To those with Autopilot always drive safely. The update will be delivered over the air to eligible vehicles.


Catalyst E2 Bus can travel 350 miles on a single charge

Proterra has developed an electric bus that can travel between 194 and 350 miles on one charge.

Proterra is a leading North American manufacturer and aiming for the bus to be released in 2017. The company developed the Catalyst E2 that managed 600 miles on a single charge during testing. The E2 has a battery that can range between 440 and 660 kWH and according to Wired the battery is the size of a twin mattress. The bus also uses regenerative breaking to capture kinetic energy to be used later.

Teslas Model S gets about 315 miles per charge and while personal electric vehicles are great, an electric solution is needed for public transportation. According to Wired, Foothill Transit, Philadelphia, and other cities have already purchased from Proterra so there will definitely be an increase in electric buses in the future. Electric buses maybe more affordable in the long run and safer for the environment. Some cities quality for pro-electrification local and federal subsidies that can help ease the cost of the buses.