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

12 June 2018

Buyers of Tesla's sedan or SUV, including the $140,000 Model X P100D, can pay an extra $5,000 for "Enhanced Autopilot", a package of still-experimental features that the company says could include "on-ramp to off-ramp" autonomous freeway driving.

The next major Tesla software update will give all versions of the electric vehicle "full self-driving features", chief executve Elon Musk has announced.

The automaker's CEO tweeted over the weekend that the all-electric $200,000 Roadster will be offered with a SpaceX option package that includes approximately "10 small rocket thrusters" installed around the auto that will improve its performance and "maybe will even allow a Tesla to fly".

The Tesla Model X passenger vehicle was being driven with the company's "Autopilot" features enabled when it crashed into the attenuator - also known as a "crash cushion" - on March 23 this year.

Musk has promised that Autopilot eventually would allow full hands-free driving.

The rocket package "sounds like something straight out of a video game", but Musk is "completely serious about adding thrusters to the new Tesla Roadster", says Electrek.

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

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

That issue is better in latest Autopilot software rolling out now & fully fixed in August update as part of our long-awaited Tesla Version 9.

Musk has previously said the software will "never be perfect" and is not created to replace human control of a vehicle.

"All aspects of the crash remain under investigation as the NTSB determines the probable cause, with the intent of issuing safety recommendations to prevent similar crashes". Hence he was not in control of it, nor was he paying attention to the road at the time.

A Tesla Model X P100D sport-utility vehicle on display in NY in 2017.

A second later it accelerated from 62 miles per hour to 70.8 miles per hour 'with no pre-crash braking or evasive steering movement detected, ' the report said.

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