Tesla software upgrade leads to full autonomy

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Musk tweeted and said that the flame spitting engines and the burning rocket fuel are not legal.

He said the current version of Autopilot was most focused on safety, while the August update would introduce more autonomy.

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. Directors of two consumer groups, the Center for Auto Safety and Consumer Watchdog, wrote a letter last month urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Tesla for "deceptive and unfair practices" in their advertising of what Autopilot can do.

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.

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.

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.

Tesla has repeatedly said Autopilot is meant to be used with an attentive driver whose hands are on the wheel, but the most visible accidents involving Autopilot have included reports of distracted drivers. Those include systems with driver-assist features as well as those that enable fully self-driving vehicles.

Musk has previously said the software will "never be perfect" and is not created to replace human control of a vehicle.

Those credits are a big incentive to buy a Tesla because they can save thousands of dollars off the price of a new vehicle.

The NTSB says it now will examine the cause of the crash. Tesla has also released a second teaser image of the new SUV.

Spent air from the thrusters would be refilled immediately using the Roadster's batteries to power air pumps, which in lesser electric vehicles may be a reduced range concern.

But, what Tesla is expected to deliver would, more likely, move it into the realm of what is referred to as Level 3 technology. They have cameras, radar and sonar sensors.

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