Tesla Autopilot software will 'enable full self-driving features'

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"One driver tweeted: "@elonmusk I really think the 2018.21.9 update was a step backwards for AP safety.

"To date, Autopilot resources have rightly focused entirely on safety".

The latest version of Tesla's "over-the-air" software - downloaded wirelessly to compatible vehicles - will be Tesla's first major update in nearly two years. The latter then stuffed the shells with lithium-ion battery cells and electric motors, eventually making the first all-electric vehicle that could travel over 200 miles on a single charge.

The tweet that alerted the world to Tesla's impending update was a response to an owner complaining about Autopilot's merging performance in traffic.

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An add-on weight dubbed Autopilot Buddy can allow drivers to keep their hands off a Tesla Model S or Model X steering wheel for extended periods of time, and can help to disable warnings that prompt the driver to take back control of the vehicle.

In context: Tesla's Autopilot has been under the spotlight recently for all the wrong reasons, but the company has just announced that it will soon improve the system's autonomous abilities.

It's worth bearing in mind, the official Tesla website still says "Enhanced Autopilot should still be considered a driver's assistance feature with the driver responsible for remaining in control of the auto at all times". "With V9, we will begin to enable full self-driving features".

Musk said that issue would be addressed in the most current Autopilot update and "fully fixed" in the August update.

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Musk has previously said the software will "never be perfect" and is not created to replace human control of a vehicle. A crossover, the Model Y, is now on the way for 2020, as is the Semi and its second sportscar, the Roadster.

Meanwhile, the NTSB in a preliminary finding into the crash in Mountain View. Tesla representatives said they are investigating the incident. The SUV also was equipped with automatic emergency braking.

Tesla says the Raodster will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, have a top speed above 250 mph and an all-electric range of 620 miles or more.

Tesla will also reveal its new Supercharger later this year, with the technology being released before the year ends.

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Among other factors, investigators are trying to determine how the car's camera, radar and ultrasonic sensors were working and what they were tracking.

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