Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

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Tesla Touting 10 Rocket Thrusters for New Roadster

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.

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.

The system has come under scrutiny recently after a number of crashes being reported with the system active, the most prolific of which, resulting in a fatality when it was purportedly enabled.

Shortly thereafter, Musk noted that the "next gen Roadster will be absolutely out of this world" and that "for those who love to drive, there is no finer auto in history and we don't think there will be another".

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While Tesla is selling a full self-driving package, that does not mean that consumers will be able to use it immediately.

In a tweet posted Sunday, the CEO confirmed version 9 and said that previous versions of Autopilot have "rightly focused entirely on safety", but now it appears that the emphasis will be on refining and adding to the self-driving capabilities, which will eventually lead to a fully autonomous system.

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

Tesla has been gradually upgrading its Autopilot features with regular software updates. The company clearly states the facts of life: "Self-Driving functionality is dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary widely by jurisdiction".

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Musk complains about heavy press coverage of crashes involving Tesla vehicles, while more numerous fatal crashes happen every day.

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The company's future profitability hinges on ramping up Model 3 output, and the company has suffered from a series of failures to hit its weekly target. Also with the Model Y SUV in the pipeline, the new Roadster has been slated for 2020.

General Motors 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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