Tesla has been touting Full Self-Driving “feature complete” for some time and promised it by the end of 2019. That deadline instead produced Full Self-Driving visualizations that showcased what the Full Self-Driving Computer (Hardware 3) can actually see.
However, for those who purchased the expensive Full Self-Driving package, two items were promised that had not yet been delivered.
- Recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs.
- Autosteer on City Streets (previously “Automatic driving on city streets).
With the 2020.12.6 software update in late April, 2020, Tesla has rolled out the “Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control (BETA)” feature which will stop the car for traffic lights and stop signs (however, the driver must initiate going again once safe to do so unless there’s a lead car). Here’s the description of the update:
Here’s the official video from Tesla
Lots of YouTubers have already been trying it out (shown here with the latest version):
Of course, this is still in early beta release so users must remain extremely vigilant while using this, as with all Autopilot functions. As it states, it “may not stop for all traffic controls”, so pay close attention to this feature while using it!