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The Tesla Roadster's SpaceX package will replace the back seats with rockets

14 June 2018

Tesla CEO Elon Musk disclosed on Twitter Sunday that the company plans to roll out its "Version 9" software in August of this year, and that the update will "begin to enable full self-driving features".

"It's super messed up that a Tesla crash resulting in a broken ankle is front page news and the (approximately) 40,000 people who died in U.S. auto accidents alone in past year get nearly no coverage", Musk said last month.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed in a recent announcement that the automaker's forthcoming super auto - the next-generation Roadster - will feature an "Augmented Mode" which will enable the drivers to handle the vehicle's power. But a spate of recent crashes has brought the system under regulatory scrutiny.

Version 9 is the first full update of the software since version 8 was released in 2016. To date, Autopilot resources have rightly focused entirely on safety.

Tesla declined to confirm which features will be offered in the upcoming update, nor when the promised full self-driving functionality will be available.

It has not been made clear which self-driving features would be included in the August update.

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At the moment, Autopilot is limited to Level 2 automation.

The role of Autopilot in some accidents involving Tesla vehicles has raised some controversies about the technology.

The price of Musk cutting off analysts? Also with the Model Y SUV in the pipeline, the new Roadster has been slated for 2020.

Tesla's shares were last up 3.3 per cent at $327.93 on Monday after touching a high of $333. Tesla has been going through trying times with the production of the Model 3 not going as planned but is expected to reach the target soon.

Autopilot in its current form is a driver-assistance system that still requires the driver to pay attention and be ready to take control of the steering wheel.

The Tesla Roadster's SpaceX package will replace the back seats with rockets