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Tesla brings the Autopilot to UK and Europe

A few days after it was released in the United States, the Autopilot feature for certain Tesla Model S cars became available on some roads in Europe and the United Kingdom.

This makes Japan the only country where Teslas can be bought, but can’t use the Autopilot service, as the country is still reviewing the necessary regulations.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed the news via twitter: “Regulatory approvals received, so Autopilot rolling out to all countries! (Excluding Japan, which is still under review)”, he wrote.

The update is made over-the-air, meaning the car doesn’t need to be taken to a shop for the update. However, not all cars can have it. When asked if Autopilot hardware could be installed in older Model S vehicles, Musk said the amount of physical change needed was "enormous - like a spinal cord transplant, would cost less and work better with a new car", IBTimes (opens in new tab)wrote in a report.

Ten days ago, Tesla brought the Autopilot feature to its cars. The company stressed that the feature is still in beta, and that the drivers should keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times.

“The whole Tesla fleet acts like a network. When one car learns something they all learn it,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said. “As … more people enable autopilot, the information about how to drive is uploaded to the network. Each driver is effectively an expert trainer in how the autopilot should work.”

In a follow-up tweet, Musk said an update, called Autopilot 1.01, would be coming soon and include "curve speed adaption [sic], controller smoothness, better lane holding on poor roads, improved fleet learning".

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.