That's the word from CEO Elon Musk, who Tweeted the news over the weekend.
@edwardsanchez about three weeks and it will get rolled out incrementally in monthly releases— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 27, 2016
Musk was replying to a question about when version 8.1 of the software would arrive from a new Tesla owner excited about the new hardware (not yet all turned on) in his EV. The 8.1 update will kick off the new " Enhanced Autopilot" suite (so much for those warnings about continuing to use the Autopilot name), which uses the new " Tesla Vision" system. The new hardware includes eight surround cameras, 12 updated ultrasonic sensors, and a forward-facing radar.
Put it all together and Enhanced Autopilot means that "your Tesla will match speed to traffic conditions, keep within a lane, automatically change lanes without requiring driver input, transition from one freeway to another, exit the freeway when your destination is near, self-park when near a parking spot and be summoned to and from your garage," Tesla says. The plan is to make Teslas equipped with the new hardware capable of fully autonomous driving by the end of 2017. All of this, of course, is "subject to regulatory approval," Tesla says.