Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Elon Musk Says Tesla Nearly Ready To Deliver Self-Driving Car

Elon Musk Says Tesla Nearly Ready To Deliver Self-Driving Car

Musk, responding to a user's concern regarding how the autonomous driving features function in the case of two lanes merging, said that the autopilot's issue is fully fixed in the next update.

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.

"We have never seen this level of damage to a Model X in any other crash", the company said.

"Latest update should have a positive effect on latter issue especially". It was released in September 2016. The update, dubbed Version 9.0, will also contain a bunch of improvements to the existing Autopilot technology, revealed CEO Elon Musk.

The rocket boosters take the form of a "sophisticated bottle" that fires bursts of high-pressure air out the back of the sports vehicle, the electric-transport news site adds.

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

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Tesla's Enhanced Autopilot package can be purchased at $5,000 for Autopilot 2.0 cars and on the top of that, an additional package for "Full Self Driving Capability" will cost $3,000.

Musk replied: "You have my word, Marques".

It is instead created to aid motorists with driving tasks like staying in lane in a bid to reduce accidents.

A fatal March crash involving a Tesla Model S in Mountain View, California. It all sounds probable, but he also added "maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly..."

A spokesperson referred to a company blog saying that a Tesla with Autopilot is far safer than vehicles without it.

The crash on USA 101 killed the driver, Walter Huang, 38, an Apple software engineer.

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Preliminary recorded data indicated the vehicle's traffic-aware cruise control, one of Autpilot's features, was set to 75 miles per hour at the time of the crash.

The cruise control maintains a set distance between the cars and traffic in front of them.

Electronic driver aids such as automatic emergency braking, and active lane control constitute what are known as adaptive driver assistance systems (known as ADAS in Europe).

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.

In blog posts released by Tesla following the accident in March, the manufacturer said the condition of the attenuator was "the reason the crash was so severe". They have cameras, radar and sonar sensors.

"Tesla has a history of using consumers as guinea pigs", said David Friedman, the director of cars and product policy at Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports.

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