New Tesla Roadster Might Sport Some Thrusters, Elon Musk Revealed

Jeannie Matthews
June 13, 2018

Tesla explains that self-driving functionality "is dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary widely by jurisdiction".

Tesla will get the new software update after two years as Version 8 was announced back in 2016, which brought a revamped user interface, a set of new features and significant improvements to Autopilot.

Buyers of Tesla's sedan or SUV, including the $140,000 Model X P100D, can pay an extra $5,000 for "Enhanced Autopilot", a package of still-experimental features that the company says could include "on-ramp to off-ramp" autonomous freeway driving.

"One driver tweeted: "@elonmusk I really think the 2018.21.9 update was a step backwards for AP safety. The latter then stuffed the shells with lithium-ion battery cells and electric motors, eventually making the first all-electric auto that could travel over 200 miles on a single charge. 8 seconds prior to the crash, the Tesla was following a lead vehicle and was traveling about 65 miles per hour, before it began a left steering motion.

He's tweeted that the latest Autopilot software rolling out is "fully fixed in August update as part of our long-awaited Tesla Version 9".

The tweet that alerted the world to Tesla's impending update was a response to an owner complaining about Autopilot's merging performance in traffic.

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Tesla's shares were last up 3.3 per cent at $327.93 on Monday after touching a high of $333.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has provided more details about the SpaceX upgrade package the company will offer for its upcoming Roadster sports auto.

As to the benefits, Musk noted that "these rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering. Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly". And we think that is enough time for the tech-maverick Elon Musk to figure out how those 10 rockets will blend into the vehicle.

While Musk's announcement appears absurd to some, Tesla executives are not confirming nor denying his claim.

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