Tesla's Autopilot to get 'full self-driving feature' in August

12 June, 2018, 14:17 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Rocket-powered Tesla Roadster may fly, Elon Musk says

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its preliminary findings after investigating a Tesla Model X crash while the vehicle was in autopilot mode.

On June 9, Musk tweeted that "10 small rocket thrusters" will come as part of the "Space X option package", claiming they will "dramatically improve acceleration" and possibly even "allow a Tesla to fly".

Over the weekend, CEO Elon Musk tweeted that in August, his company plans to release "Version 9" of the software that controls its cars.

After his tweet, Tesla's official website added a new "Autopilot" webpage which explicitly states that "Please note that Self-Driving functionality is dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary widely by jurisdiction". The driver did not have his hands on the wheel.

While Tesla is selling a full self-driving package, that does not mean that consumers will be able to use it immediately. That would make it the fastest-accelerating production auto in the world, and it also claims to have a near-1,000 km electric range as well as a 402 km/h top speed.

Elon Musk, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Tesla, has disclosed that the latest version of Autopilot will begin rolling out in August, which will authorize the fully autonomous capabilities of Tesla vehicles.

Musk replied: "You have my word, Marques".

Rocket-powered Tesla Roadster may fly, Elon Musk says
The Tesla Roadster's SpaceX package will replace the back seats with rockets (TSLA)

In its report, the NTSB said the SUV was operating with traffic-aware cruise control and autosteer lane-keeping assistance engaged at the time of the crash.

The idea is strongly supported by labor unions which has been trying to make inroads in the Tesla factory.

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Tesla had considered installing additional sensors that would track the driver's eyes to ensure they were looking forward and a different steering sensor that would detect the driver's hands on the wheel.

A second later it accelerated from 62 miles per hour to 70.8 miles per hour 'with no pre-crash braking or evasive steering movement detected, ' the report said.

But, what Tesla is expected to deliver would, more likely, move it into the realm of what is referred to as Level 3 technology.

The morning crash in Mountain View on Highway 101 killed the driver, 38-year-old Walter Huang.


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