New Tesla Software to Offer 'full' Autonomy, Musk Says

Lloyd Doyle
June 12, 2018

He said the current version of Autopilot was most focused on safety, while the August update would introduce more autonomy. Tesla's stock price jumped Monday by more than 4.5 percent.

The Tesla founder made the disclosure in a Twitter conversation, responding to a user who complained about issues with Autopilot, which is now considered semi-autonomous with the requirement that a motorist be at the wheel at all times.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report last week that a Tesla (TSLA) operating on Autopilot sped up before a crash into a freeway barrier in California that killed the driver.

Elon Musk made a surprise unveiling back in November 2017 when he presented the new Roadster, a sports vehicle that he claims will be able to go from 0 to 60-mph in just 1.9 seconds, making it the "fastest production auto ever" made.

Tesla encourages drivers to pay attention while Autopilot is engaged, and its cars include features that nudge drivers into taking over if, for instance, they're not grabbing onto the steering wheel.

Tesla's documentation on its website about the "full self-driving capabilities" package says that it is not possible to know exactly when each element of the functionality will be available, as this is highly dependent on local regulatory approval.

Musk has complained about the focus on accidents, arguing that self-driving systems are likely to be far safer than human drivers. Drivers can prepay another $3,000 on top of that for its "Full Self-Driving Capability" package, which the company advertises as "All you will need to do is get in and tell your vehicle where to go".

Autopilot costs an extra $5,000 as a feature on Tesla electric vehicles. "There's so much more at stake when you've got two to four tons of metal, glass and plastic hurtling down the road at 70 miles per hour".

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