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New Tesla software to offer 'full' autonomy, Musk says

14 June 2018, 02:22 | Kelvin Horton

Tesla’s ‘Autopilot’ is getting an upgrade

Tesla Roadster ‘SpaceX' package to get rocket thrusters

Elon Musk has taken to Twitter promising some 'full self-driving features' will be rolled out as part of an August update for Tesla's Autopilot driver assist system.

The rocket package "sounds like something straight out of a video game", but Musk is "completely serious about adding thrusters to the new Tesla Roadster", says Electrek. Despite its name, Tesla's existing Autopilot technology is not true self-driving capability, but a set of advanced safety features that have also helped Tesla gather data for training its self-driving software.

But Musk's promise of full self-driving comes at a tricky time for the company, which is facing increased regulatory scrutiny after two fatal crashes where drivers had engaged Autopilot.

Musk said that the autopilot issue during lane-merging is better in the current software and would be fully fixed in the August update.

While Tesla is selling a full self-driving package, that does not mean that consumers will be able to use it immediately. "With V9, we will begin to enable full self-driving features", Musk tweeted here on Sunday, replying to a Twitter user.


The National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report last week that a Tesla operating on Autopilot sped up before a crash into a freeway barrier in California that killed the driver.

Tesla's future profitability hinges on ramping up its Model 3 output, and the company has suffered from a series of failures to hit its weekly targets.

As a remake of one of Tesla's very first vehicles, the new Roadster has been kept under wraps for the past few months and from the outside at least, the Tesla Roadster continues the design language we've seen on the Model X, Model 3 and updated Model S, with a somewhat more aggressive edge.

GM had said it will expand the roll-out of Super Cruise to all its Cadillac models beginning 2020.



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