Tesla gets closer to Full Self-Driving with stop line detection abilities



Tesla appears to have empowered stop line detection features in its recent firmware upgrades as part of its efforts in developing its Full Self-Driving suite. Charge for the halt line detection feature’s discovery goes to Tesla enthusiast and resident Dean greentheonly, who shared his recent findings on YouTube.

The stop line detection skills were rolled out with firmware upgrade 2019.4. The Tesla community member mentioned that since the system doesn’t seem to be detecting the road markings using mapping information the identification of stop lines on the road appears to be a purely visual process. The feature appears to be active only on the vehicles’ main forward-facing Autopilot camera also.

It looks like the feature doesn’t feature estimated space attributes yet, with the system just displaying a bounding box when it finds an upcoming stop line. Also quite interesting from the hacker’s recent video is the identification capabilities of Autopilot’s cameras, which can detect the type and class of surrounding vehicles. These features weren’t as refined in green’s uploads last September, when he showcased a drive through Paris through Autopilot’s eyes.

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This recent upgrade bodes well for the growth and eventual release of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving features. In Tesla’s updated order page for its vehicles, the company lists Navigate on Autopilot, Autopark, and Summon, as part of its Full Self-Driving Capability suite. Tesla also lists the capability to “recognize and react to traffic lights and stop signs” and “automatic driving on city streets” as FSD features that are expected to be rolled out later this year.

Stop line detection will greatly help Tesla develop its vehicles’ autonomous driving capacities within city streets, which is a important element to reach Elon Musk’s vision for a Tesla Network — a fleet of electric cars offering ride-sharing services autonomously. For the Tesla Network to work well, vehicles will have to master city driving. To master city driving, Tesla’s electric cars have to learn how to read and respond all road markings and signs, exactly like a human driver.

Elon Musk is a proponent of using vehicles’ cameras as a way to attaining Full Self-Driving. In a conversation with technology journalist Kara Swisher last November, Musk candidly explained how humans and animals pretty much navigate with cameras. In this light, Musk noted, there is no reason why vehicles shouldn’t be able to do the same.  “Eyes are essentially just cameras. All animals on Earth navigate with cameras. A fish eagle can see a fish from far away and take into consideration the refractive index of the water, dive down and get the fish from far away. There’s no question that image-recognition neural nets and cameras, you can be superhuman at driving just cameras,” Musk said.

Watch Tesla’s Autopilot cameras detect stop lines from the movies below.

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