Tesla to Roll Out Software with Self-Driving Focus

Lloyd Doyle
June 11, 2018

The company said the base version of the vehicle will be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, reach a top speed of 250 mph, and drive 620 miles per charge. Taking to Twitter, Musk said that the next-gen Roadster may include a SpaceX package that will feature approximately "10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around auto". The status ends with "Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly".

Taking to Twitter, Musk stated that the recently-announced "SpaceX option package" for the Roadster will include roughly 10 small rocket thrusters around the vehicle's exterior.

As for the flying bit, while the Roadster may be capable of small jumps, Musk has previously spoken against the idea of true flying cars, saying they'd be too noisy and unsafe.


Tesla produced the first version of the Roadster from 2008 to 2012. Already these are ambitious specs, and whether or not they factored in "rocket thrusters", who knows. Consequently, they will be powered by compressed atmospheric air that's made by a compressor and stored in a tank. In yet another tweet, responding to a Tesla driver complaining of the Autopilot, Musk said, "That issue is better in latest Autopilot software rolling out now & fully fixed in August update as part of our long-awaited Tesla Version 9".

Besides the virtuoso headline-making tweet about the Roadster, Musk also hinted at a self-driving Tesla update coming later this year. To date, Autopilot resources have rightly focused entirely on safety.

Yet Musk wants no question about the Roadster's superiority, telling the audience at the shareholder's meeting, "It's important for us to show with the Roadster that an electric vehicle can outperform a gasoline auto in every way".

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