Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Tesla to get ‘full self-driving feature’ in August

Tesla to get ‘full self-driving feature’ in August

Musk is not promising that Teslas will become fully autonomous in August, only that there will be activation of a subset of features that will eventually add up to full autonomy.

Apart from the rockets, no new specs were revealed on his Twitter thread, however Musk did include some of his background history and passion for cars.

It's not clear which features will arrive first, but Tesla says its full self-driving will allow the vehicle to figure out routes, navigate streets without lane markings, manage intersections with traffic lights, stop signs, and roundabouts, and handle highways. But since the 2020 Roadster is promised to have a single charge range of 620 miles, that's unlikely to bother owners too much. By using multiple systems, Musk hopes it can be used to decelerate the vehicle and even provide thrust for sharp turns.

The electric auto company unveiled the new all-electric Roadster alongside its Semi truck last November.

Elon Musk responded on Twitter saying: "Sigh".

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As a remake of one of Tesla's very first vehicles, the new Roadster has been kept under wraps for the past few months and from the outside at least, the Tesla Roadster continues the design language we've seen on the Model X, Model 3 and updated Model S, with a somewhat more aggressive edge. Musk called the new Tesla Roadster a "smackdown" to conventional vehicle companies, and after taking a look at the specs, I think he has a point.

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.

As to the benefits, Musk noted that "these rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering".

Tesla has been garnering more criticism as it burns through cash and has suffered from a significant amount of production delays.

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