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Tesla's August Autopilot update will begin to enable "full self-driving features"

Tesla's August Autopilot update will begin to enable Tesla's August Autopilot update will begin to enable "full self-driving features"
Nellie Chapman | 12 June, 2018, 14:19

The Tesla Model X passenger vehicle was being driven with the company's "Autopilot" features enabled when it crashed into the attenuator - also known as a "crash cushion" - on March 23 this year. Now Musk has announced that a special option package for the upcoming Roadster will see the electric sportster packing small "rocket" thrusters, adding that "maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly".

Shares of Tesla Inc rose as much as 5 per cent on Monday after Elon Musk, the company's founder and CEO, tweeted that its Autopilot driver assistance system would get full self-driving features following a software upgrade in August.

To keep the auto completely electric, Tesla would have to find a way around rocket fuels-and if we are to believe Musk, they already have.

Shortly thereafter, Musk noted that the "next gen Roadster will be absolutely out of this world" and that "for those who love to drive, there is no finer vehicle in history and we don't think there will be another".

Tesla's vehicles have been involved in several crashes this year and at least two people have died in those crashes.

"Tesla has a history of using consumers as guinea pigs", said David Friedman, the director of cars and product policy at Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports. Here, a motorist would have to remain behind the wheel and at the ready, though they could take their hands off the wheel for extended periods.

"The fact of the matter is that Tesla is a company that values its employees", Ross said in his opening remarks. Musk twitted him saying that "That issue is better in latest Autopilot software rolling out now & fully fixed in August update as part of our long-awaited Tesla Version 9".

A southbound view of the March 23 accident, as printed in the NTSB report. Tesla representatives said they are investigating the incident.

Could the planned Tesla Roadster use rockets to improve its performance, as Musk tweeted?

The V9 update may technically make drivers safer, but Telsa and other makers of autonomous vehicles appear to still have a way to go in building public trust in self-driving vehicles.