Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Elon Musk promises self-driving Teslas in upcoming software update

Elon Musk promises self-driving Teslas in upcoming software update

Tesla's website now features a section on the Autopilot page called, "Full Self-Driving Capability". But safety experts anxious the grand promises of full self-driving capabilities could lull drivers into a false sense of security for technologies that are still largely unproven on the road. 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".

According to Musk, Tesla "will begin to enable full self-driving features" in August with the release of Autopilot Version 9. To date, Autopilot resources have rightly focused entirely on safety.

USA consumer watchdog group, "The Consumer Group" said Friday that Tesla should fix the flaws in its driver assist system. Although stories about Tesla "drivers" sleeping and sitting in the passenger seat - and, unfortunately, crashing while reliant on the system - abound, Autopilot is only meant to operate under constant driver supervision.

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Currently, a Tesla in Autopilot mode can perform some self-driving functions such as parking and identification of highway lanes to improve the safety of changing lanes on the road.

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.

Elon Musk made a surprise unveiling back in November 2017 when he presented the new Roadster, a sports auto that he claims will be able to go from 0 to 60-mph in just 1.9 seconds, making it the "fastest production vehicle ever" made. "Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly ..." "And, as pointed out by NTSB, it still failed to prevent (Huang's) death, and indeed likely caused it".

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A Tesla Inc. vehicle involved in a fatal crash in March was speeding on a highway with its driver-assistance feature engaged and had alerted the driver to put his hands on the steering wheel more than 15 minutes before the collision, US safety investigators said Thursday.

Tesla's Enhanced Autopilot package can be purchased at $5,000 for Autopilot 2.0 cars and on the top of that, an additional package for "Full Self Driving Capability" will cost $3,000.

Here is a great news for Tesla autonomous owners that coming in August - a new software update is coming toTesla's self-driving cars and that update would bring more autonomy to Tesla's Autopilots.

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