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

13 June 2018
Tesla's next software update will add fully self-driving features

It is often seen that a tweet from Elon Musk sends everyone in frenzy and this time, it isn't any different.

Furthermore, Musk also wrote in his recent tweet that the small rocket thrusters potentially have the ability to "even allow a Tesla to fly".

He added that "to date, Autopilot resources have rightly focused entirely on safety (and) with V9 (version 9), we will begin to enable full self-driving features".

Tesla electric cars such as the Model S and Model X are known for their sleek looks, hefty price tags and rapid acceleration.

Tesla's Autopilot driver assistance system has had its share of controversy, but the latest Autopilot controversy stems from a third-party accessory.

Musk has already promised a summer release of a new on-ramp/off-ramp feature for Enhanced Autopilot.

In the case of the March crash that killed 38-year-old Walter Huang, the NTSB determined that "for the last 6 seconds prior to the crash, the vehicle did not detect the driver's hands on the steering wheel".

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 shares closed higher Friday ahead of a report from The Consumer Group urging the electric auto 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.

Electric cars get a lot of attention, but the electric motorcycle segment has been booming in the shadows for the past several years.

Missy Cummings, the director of Duke University's Humans and Autonomy Lab, said Musk's self-driving statement was an "attempt to generate hype" and that his assertion of a focus on safety was "laughable".

Tesla has received criticism for how it has promoted the feature. Musk also runs SpaceX and is the founder of the tunnel digging/public transportation startup The Boring Company.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has provided more details about the SpaceX upgrade package the company will offer for its upcoming Roadster sports auto. The Tesla Roadster will hit 100mph 2.3 seconds later, and Musk says it'll have a top speed of something like 250 miles per hour. And we think that is enough time for the tech-maverick Elon Musk to figure out how those 10 rockets will blend into the auto.