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

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

The new Tesla Roadster could come with not one or two but "10 small rocket thrusters" for "top speed" company CEO Elon Musk said via his Twitter account.

Autopilot, a form of advanced cruise control, handles some driving tasks and warns those behind the wheel they are always responsible for the vehicle's safe operation.

With what Musk calls "full self-driving features" the auto will be able to drive itself.

"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".

While the company has repeatedly pointed to human error in these cases, the "Autopilot" branding has left some drivers confused about the capabilities of the software, which is still now more of an "assist" feature than a a fully autonomous driver/navigator.

However, it was not clear what self-driving features would be included in the August update.

But Tesla has shared little about how it has tested these features, Friedman said, adding that the treating of self-driving capabilities as easy software updates could have deadly results. But the company has also heavily promoted its cars' supercharged ability to fend for itself: The Tesla website promises "Full Self-Driving Hardware on All Cars", which it says offer "a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver".

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its preliminary findings after investigating a Tesla Model X crash while the vehicle was in autopilot mode.

Shares of Tesla (TSLA) rose as much as 5 percent on Monday after the news.

General Motors Co GM.N said last week that its driver assistance feature, Super Cruise, will allow drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel for extended periods, but will stop the vehicle automatically if drivers are not attentive.

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