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

Roman Schwartz
June 12, 2018

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

The lack of evasive efforts suggests inattentive behavior on the part of the driver, or that perhaps he was incapacitated, said Bryan Reimer, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies driver safety and vehicle automation. What's more, Tesla claims that the vehicle will have a range of 620 miles.

Musk tweeted that Tesla's Version 9, a software update that will automatically install in Tesla cars, would "begin to enable full self-driving features" and entirely fix certain issues with "Autopilot", the name for the company's package of semi-driverless features such as advanced cruise control.

Tesla will get the new software update after two years as Version 8 was announced back in 2016, which brought a revamped user interface, a set of new features and significant improvements to Autopilot. It already has a couple different sedans in the Model S and Model 3, along with the Model X SUV.

Musk tweeted and said that the flame spitting engines and the burning rocket fuel are not legal.

Meanwhile, the NTSB in a preliminary finding into the crash in Mountain View. The driver did not have his hands on the wheel. They have cameras, radar and sonar sensors.

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

Tesla has denied the allegations and described them as an effort to make Chief Executive Elon Musk look bad.

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.

Musk has been known to exaggerate and even post jokes in his Twitter feed that are often mis-read as serious comments. Dubbed the "Space X Option", it is named for the rocket company Musk also controls.

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.

Those credits are a big incentive to buy a Tesla because they can save thousands of dollars off the price of a new auto. But there still some limitations and rules and regulations on self-driving vehicles while on public roads.

Scotland stun top-ranked England at Edinburgh
We want to be fearless enough to walk through the door and win games". It would be nice to play a few more games like this.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER