Tesla Autopilot Will Detect Green Lights and Speed Limit Signs With the Upcoming Update

The firm edges ever closer to full self-driving capabilities.
Loukia Papadopoulos

You can expect Tesla cars to become more efficient at recognizing speed signs using their cameras in the near future. Electrek reported that the carmaker is pushing a new version of its software update that will allow vehicles to visually detect speed limit signs and more.


This was revealed in the firm's 2020.36 software update released Saturday where the document introduced a new feature called ‘Speed Assist Improvements’.

Speed Assist now leverages your car’s cameras to detect speed limit signs to improve the accuracy of speed limit data on local roads. Detected speed limit signs will be displayed in the driving visualization and used to set the associated Speed Limit Warning," wrote Tesla.

But that's not all. The firm is also releasing a feature that will have the car chime when the light in front of it turns green alerting any distracted drivers that it is time to go.

"A chime will play when the traffic light you are waiting for turns green. If you are waiting behind another car, the chime will play once the car advances unless Traffic-Aware Cruise Control or Autosteer is active when Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control is activated, a chime will play when you can confirm to proceed through a green traffic light," wrote Tesla.

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It may take a few weeks for all the updates to reach Tesla cars, as is always the case with the firm. But when they do, they will be bringing Tesla one step closer to full self-driving.

For now, you still have to decide to move your car once you hear the chime but the fact that your car recognizes the green light and your position according to other drivers means it may soon be able to decide to move on its own. It will also be able to stay within speed limits by recognizing speeding signs. Isn't that cool?

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