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Tesla’s ‘Autopilot’ is getting an upgrade

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is hinting that the next version of Tesla's Autopilot software will bring its vehicles closer to autonomous driving.

The rocket package "sounds like something straight out of a video game", but Musk is "completely serious about adding thrusters to the new Tesla Roadster", says Electrek. In the final second before the crash, the vehicle, which was under control of the autopilot, accelerated from 62 to 70.8 miles per hour, while no evidence of pre-crash braking or evasive steering movement was detected. And while cars produced since October of 2016 have all the hardware Tesla says is necessary for self-driving, enabling that hardware requires paying a total of $8,000 in optional fees for many Tesla vehicles. To date, Autopilot resources have rightly focused entirely on safety.

Looking through the recorded performance data, the autopilot system was engaged on four separate occasions during the 32-minute trip, including a continuous operation for the last 18 minutes 55 seconds prior to the crash.

Tesla Roadster

To help alleviate weight and space issues, Musk is going to remove the back seats from the Tesla Roadster. "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. "It is not possible to know exactly when each element of the functionality described above will be available, as this is highly dependent on local regulatory approval".

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

Autopilot in its current form is a driver-assistance system that still requires the driver to pay attention and be ready to take control of the steering wheel.

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