Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Tesla’s Autopilot To Get ‘Full Self-Driving Feature’ In August

Tesla’s Autopilot To Get ‘Full Self-Driving Feature’ In August

Last month, its CEO Elon Musk said the Tesla Model 3 will get a high-performance all-wheel drive version that accelerates faster and handles better than the BMW M3.

The latest version of Tesla's "over-the-air" software - downloaded wirelessly to compatible vehicles - will be Tesla's first major update in nearly two years. That level of autonomy may still be years away.

What Musk means by "full self-driving features", though, is another question.

When Tesla released the original version of Autopilot, some owners appeared to operate their vehicles as if they were fully autonomous.

Elon Musk, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Tesla, has disclosed that the latest version of Autopilot will begin rolling out in August, which will authorize the fully autonomous capabilities of Tesla vehicles.

The company has repeatedly stated that, in its current form, Autopilot is not for fully autonomous self driving, but rather to increase safety for the auto and its passengers.

A Tesla Inc. vehicle involved in a fatal crash in March was speeding on a highway with its driver-assistance feature engaged and had alerted the driver to put his hands on the steering wheel more than 15 minutes before the collision, US safety investigators said Thursday.

Could the planned Tesla Roadster use rockets to improve its performance as Musk tweeted
Could the planned Tesla Roadster use rockets to improve its performance as Musk tweeted

The vehicle's Autopilot system was activated for about 19 minutes before the crash, the NTSB said.

Musk replied: "You have my word, Marques". The second generation of the Tesla Roadster, which will cost $200,000 for the base model, is slated to be available in 2020. The status ends with "Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly".

A southbound view of the March 23 accident, as printed in the NTSB report. Tesla has also released a second teaser image of the new SUV.

Another crash, in Utah, has been tentatively blamed on Autopilot, the owner receiving serious leg injuries when her vehicle slammed into a parked fire truck after she had switched the system on and taken her hands off the wheel.

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

Tesla isn't the only company looking into this type of technology.

Among other factors, investigators are trying to determine how the car's camera, radar and ultrasonic sensors were working and what they were tracking.

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