Tesla has finally released software version 8.1 of its Autopilot system, which is only available for cars fitted with Autopilot 2.0 hardware. As previously announced by CEO Elon Musk, Tesla vehicles fitted with the full self-driving hardware suite will be soon able to offer up to Level 5 autonomy via gradual software updates.

Autopilot 8.1 is just one of those, bringing with it a higher Autosteer speed limit (89 km/ to 129 km/h). However, the carmaker requires that the cameras be calibrated prior to using Autosteer at higher speeds, which is done automatically over several days of driving on well-marked highways.

Another introduction here is Auto Lane Change, a feature that was already available on Teslas fitted with first-gen Autopilot hardware. The update also includes Summon, a beta feature that works in conjunction with Autopark, whereby the car can be ordered to enter or exit a tight parking garage for instance.