Elon Musk promises self-driving Teslas in upcoming software update

Adjust Comment Print

The Tesla Model X passenger vehicle was being driven with the company's "Autopilot" features enabled when it crashed into the attenuator - also known as a "crash cushion" - on March 23 this year.

The Article from Tesla's Next Roadster Will Feature Actual SpaceX Rocket Thrusters-Elon Musk .

'To date, Autopilot resources have rightly focused entirely on safety. Based on Musk's tweet, adding new features to Tesla's Autopilot functionality will be the centerpiece of the update in August.

Elon Musk promises self-driving Teslas in upcoming software update
Elon Musk promises self-driving Teslas in upcoming software update

Musk tweeted and said that the flame spitting engines and the burning rocket fuel are not legal. "With V9, we will begin to enable full self-driving features", Musk tweeted on Sunday, referring to the latest version of the Autpilot programme, in response to a Twitter user.

The Tesla Roadster-which is being brought back to life in the coming years-will reportedly sacrifice two seats in the back of the vehicle for SpaceX Thrusters. Here, a motorist would have to remain behind the wheel and at the ready, though they could take their hands off the wheel for extended periods.

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

More news: Dwane Casey to Coach Pistons

A southbound view of the March 23 accident, as printed in the NTSB report.

"The impact rotated the Tesla counter clockwise and caused a separation of the front portion of the vehicle", the report said.

Musk and Tesla first announced the specs of the new Roadster back in November, stating that "these numbers sound nutty, but they're real". In a rare move, the NTSB in April said it had tossed Tesla from the investigation, asserting the Silicon Valley auto maker violated a formal agreement to be a "party" to the probe by releasing detailed information about the crash before government officials had vetted it.

More news: President Donald Trump says he won't invite National Basketball Association champion to White House

On Saturday, Musk said the package will include around 10 small rocket thrusters that will improve the vehicle's acceleration, maximum speed, braking, and handling. Tesla representatives said they are investigating the incident.

The idea of mounting rockets on a vehicle being used on public roads seems highly unlikely, but considering Musk recently started selling flamethrowers to supporters of his tunnel-making The Boring Company, he is just unpredictable enough that such ideas can't be dismissed outright.

More news: Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un arrive in Singapore for historic summit