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Tesla software upgrade leads to full autonomy

13 June 2018, 12:43 | Lionel James

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The Tesla product architect revealed that version 9 of Autopilot will aim to fix that issue.

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

He said the current version of Autopilot was most focused on safety, while the August update would introduce more autonomy.

The Tesla Model S is powered by a 200 kWh battery pack and three electric motors in total.

Tesla's shares were last up 3.3 per cent at $327.93 on Monday after touching a high of $333.

Tesla explains that self-driving functionality "is dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary widely by jurisdiction".

Tesla has repeatedly said Autopilot is meant to be used with an attentive driver whose hands are on the wheel, but the most visible accidents involving Autopilot have included reports of distracted drivers.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Sunday confirming that version 9 of the autopilot software will be rolling out this August.

Tesla says the Raodster will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, have a top speed above 250 mph and an all-electric range of 620 miles or more.

Tesla's Autopilot and several similar systems use torque sensors to ensure the driver has a hand (or hands) on the steering wheel.

Enabling "full self-driving" would make good on a promise by electric-vehicle company Tesla two years ago when it began equipping all new cars with the necessary hardware for full self-driving. Musk has said LIDAR is not a prerequisite for Tesla.

"SpaceX option package for new Tesla Roadster will include ~10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around vehicle", Musk tweeted. "Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly ..." It's clearly the best looking vehicle Musk's company has ever made.

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.

The idea of mounting rockets on a auto being used on public roads seems highly unlikely, but considering Musk recently started selling flamethrowers to supporters of his tunnel-making The Boring Company, he is just unpredictable enough that such ideas can't be dismissed outright.



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