Tesla updates software to read speed signs

The world’s most valuable carmaker, Tesla, has announced new features in its software to read speed limit signs rather than solely rely on limits based on GPS positioning and digital maps.

In its latest release notes it writes that, “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 visualisation and used to set the associated Speed Limit Warning.”

It has also introduced a new feature to alert drivers who are sitting at a green light, by introducing what it calls a “green traffic light chime”. The notes say, “

“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.”

Website Electrek notes that the update is starting to be pushed to the fleet but it can take a few weeks before it reaches every car.

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