Tesla To Allow Fully Autonomous Features Beginning In August

Rocket-powered Tesla Roadster may fly, Elon Musk says

Elon Musk: Tesla Roadster to get SpaceX rockets

Tesla's documentation on its website about the "full self-driving capabilities" package says that it is not possible to know exactly when each element of the functionality will be available, as this is highly dependent on local regulatory approval.

But now with the upcoming software update Musk claimed that the update would bring "full self-driving features" to the Tesla's vehicle would be able to drive itself.

Musk stated the entry-level version of the Tesla Roadster would hit 0-60mph in under 1.9 seconds, which should make it the first sub-two-second production vehicle.

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. The stock is also in the green in after-hours activity.

While Tesla is selling a full self-driving package, that does not mean that consumers will be able to use it immediately.

An add-on weight dubbed Autopilot Buddy can allow drivers to keep their hands off a Tesla Model S or Model X steering wheel for extended periods of time, and can help to disable warnings that prompt the driver to take back control of the vehicle.

The Tesla made no attempt at braking or steering away from the collision, the NTSB said.

As for the flying bit, while the Roadster may be capable of small jumps, Musk has previously spoken against the idea of true flying cars, saying they'd be too noisy and unsafe.

He's tweeted that the latest Autopilot software rolling out is "fully fixed in August update as part of our long-awaited Tesla Version 9". One video recorded last week shows an official Tesla vehicle speeding along a California freeway while its driver is facing down, seemingly not paying attention or falling asleep.

Tesla founder Elon Musk has announced that the company's upcoming Roadster sports vehicle will be offered with an optional "SpaceX package" with actual rockets. 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.

Even without a motorcycle, Tesla has its work cut out for the next few years.

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