Tesla software upgrade leads to full autonomy

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Elon Musk said that Autopilot version 9 should arrive this August, and with it will come the first "self-driving features." .

Tesla is building a new software update that is set to release in August with full self-driving features for Autopilot 2.0 vehicles. These include a Model X crashed and fatality, as well as a Model S crash.

"To date, Autopilot resources have rightly focused entirely on safety", Elon Musk tweeted.

The rocket boosters take the form of a "sophisticated bottle" that fires bursts of high-pressure air out the back of the sports auto, the electric-transport news site adds.

An electric-powered passenger vehicle sped up before crashing into a previously damaged crash attenuator as it approached a state highway interchange, a preliminary report from the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says. It also has the ability to retain its place in a lane.

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 auto.

The NTSB says it now will examine the cause of the crash.

Neither had their hands on the wheels for some time before the crash.

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"Tesla has a history of using consumers as guinea pigs", said David Friedman, the director of cars and product policy at Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports. During that time, the system provided two visual and one auditory alert for the driver to put his hands back on the steering wheel, the agency said. 8 seconds prior to the crash, the Tesla was following a lead vehicle and was traveling about 65 miles per hour, before it began a left steering motion.

Among other factors, investigators are trying to determine how the car's camera, radar and ultrasonic sensors were working and what they were tracking.

"The fact of the matter is that Tesla is a company that values its employees", Ross said in his opening remarks.

Musk gave a hint of what could be coming with V9 in a tweet responding to an owner's complaint that his Tesla had trouble in certain high-traffic merging situations.

Dubbed by Musk as "Tesla Version 9", the new software will likely only be available for Tesla vehicles with the Autopilot 2.0 features - that is, vehicles manufactured after October 2016 with the "Hardware 2" stack that Tesla claimed provides the necessary equipment to allow full self-driving capability in the future.

Tesla has received criticism for how it has promoted the feature.

Tesla founder Elon Musk has announced plans to install rocket thrusters in the backseat of the company's newest vehicle. "These rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering". It all sounds probable, but he also added "maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly..." But that doesn't mean that it will, just that it could - there are still regulations and limitations on self-driving vehicles on public roads.

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