Monday, 25 June, 2018

Tesla Autopilot: Elon Musk promises 'full self-driving features' by August

New Tesla Roadster could have rocket engines option – Musk Reuters
Jean Garcia | 14 June, 2018, 14:21

In another fatal accident past year, Tesla's Autopilot failed to detect a truck crossing the road, but investigators pointed out the driver was watching a movie at the time and not paying attention with the semi-autonomous system in operation.

Elon Musk, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Tesla, has disclosed that the latest version of Autopilot will begin rolling out in August, which will authorize the fully autonomous capabilities of Tesla vehicles. Previous updates to Autopilot were "rightly focused entirely on safety", he said.

The tweet said that the new v9 update would "enable full self-driving features", which does not necessarily mean that Tesla will be able to operate autonomously.

It has not been made clear which self-driving features would be included in the August update. In the final second before the crash, the vehicle, which was under control of the autopilot, accelerated from 62 to 70.8 miles per hour, while no evidence of pre-crash braking or evasive steering movement was detected. The company clearly states the facts of life: "Self-Driving functionality is dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary widely by jurisdiction".

Tesla repeatedly tells drivers to keep their hands on the wheel while Autopilot is engaged-the auto warns anyone who doesn't, disabling the feature and even stopping the vehicle should the alerts be ignored.

Robert De Niro Uses Profanity to Condemn Trump During Tony Awards
Echoing Trump's sentiments, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro also spoke harshly about Trudeau on Fox News over the weekend. At April's Untold Stories Program, which coincides with the TriBeCa Film Festival, De Niro made another run at Trump.

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.

Tesla's future profitability hinges on ramping up its Model 3 output, and the company has suffered from a series of failures to hit its weekly targets.

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.

GM had said it will expand the roll-out of Super Cruise to all its Cadillac models beginning 2020.

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