Tesla’s ‘Autopilot’ is getting an upgrade

Elon Musk promises self-driving Teslas in upcoming software update

The status ends with "Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly". Tesla's "misleading" marketing, he said, has had the unsafe effect of "providing overconfidence and building you up to thinking it's safer than it actually is".

Musk tweeted early Sunday morning about Tesla Version 9.0 including major updates for Autopilot 2.0. Autopilot resources, he said, had so far "rightly focused entirely on safety".

The upgrade comes amid a storm of bad publicity for Tesla in recent months, after numerous crashes were linked to drivers using the Autopilot feature. Even without thrusters, the Roadster is expected to hit 62 miles per hour in just 1.9 seconds.

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. One video recorded last week shows an official Tesla vehicle speeding along a California freeway while its driver is facing down, seemingly not paying attention or falling asleep.

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Testing of autonomous vehicles are still required to have humans in the driver seat right now, and Tesla might well point to inaction as the cause of the crash as opposed to failure of its system, though the report will not enforce the insistence autonomous vehicles are safer than human operated ones. 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 auto where to go".

"The software update is good news", said analyst Chaim Siegel from Elazar Advisors, adding the stock was still benefiting from last week's prediction by Musk that it would finally hit its production target for its Model 3 sedan.

Autopilot costs an extra $5,000 as a feature on Tesla electric vehicles.

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