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Tesla's next software update will add fully self-driving features

13 June, 2018, 00:43 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • Rocket-powered Tesla Roadster may fly, Elon Musk says

Tesla's documentation on its website about the "full self-driving capabilities" package says that it is not possible to know exactly when each element of the functionality will be available, as this is highly dependent on local regulatory approval.

Shares of Tesla rose as much as 5 per cent on Monday after Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk tweeted that its Autopilot driver assistance system will get full self-driving features following a software upgrade in August.

Tesla shares closed higher Friday ahead of a report from The Consumer Group urging the electric vehicle maker to fix the flaws in its driver assist system to try and avoid further accidents similar to the fatal crash in California in March this year.

It also makes the vehicle the fastest production auto ever, with a 0 to 60 miles per hour acceleration quicker than any non-electric vehicles, including the record-breaking Bugatti Chiron, released this year. That level of autonomy may still be years away.

The latest software update, which started to roll out last week, features a new feature that will increase the number of warnings it gives drivers to take control of the vehicle.

A Model S recall, fears about Tesla running out of cash and high profile crashes involving Tesla vehicles that were in Autopilot mode also hurt the company.


The arrival of "full self-driving" features doesn't mean that Tesla cars will offer a complete autonomous driving experience. Musk has said LIDAR is not a prerequisite for Tesla. Musk tweeted early Sunday morning about Tesla Version 9.0 including major updates for Autopilot 2.0.

Musk and Tesla first announced the specs of the new Roadster back in November, stating that "these numbers sound nutty, but they're real".

And it's not as if Tesla is just trying to make passenger cars either.

Musk says that the SpaceX package could contain as many as 10 thrusters "arranged seamlessly around the vehicle". Dubbed the "Space X Option", it is named for the rocket company Musk also controls. Tesla representatives said they are investigating the incident.

On Saturday, Musk said the package will include around 10 small rocket thrusters that will improve the vehicle's acceleration, maximum speed, braking, and handling.

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