Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Rocket-powered Tesla Roadster may fly, Elon Musk says

Rocket-powered Tesla Roadster may fly, Elon Musk says Musk tells fans 'full self driving' Teslas are near, as investigators dig into Autopilot accidents
Orlando Vargas | 12 June, 2018, 17:34

It's not clear which features will arrive first, but Tesla says its full self-driving will allow the auto to figure out routes, navigate streets without lane markings, manage intersections with traffic lights, stop signs, and roundabouts, and handle highways.

Dubbed by Musk as "Tesla Version 9", the new software will likely only be available for Tesla vehicles with the Autopilot 2.0 features - that is, vehicles manufactured after October 2016 with the "Hardware 2" stack that Tesla claimed provides the necessary equipment to allow full self-driving capability in the future.

While Tesla is selling a full self-driving package, that does not mean that consumers will be able to use it immediately. Even CEO Musk and his wife were shown in a picture with their hands out of a Tesla sedan's windows, indicating it could operate hands-free.

The Society of American Engineers has a ranking system for self driving cars, with SAE Level 1 referring to systems such as basic cruise control, while Levels 4 and 5 refer to vehicles that need little to no human oversight.

In yet another tweet, responding to a Tesla driver complaining of the Autopilot, Musk said, "That issue is better in latest Autopilot software rolling out now & fully fixed in August update as part of our long-awaited Tesla Version 9".

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After an Uber self-driving vehicle earlier this year killed a pedestrian in Arizona, investigators said the automatic braking system had been disabled.

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.

Neither had their hands on the wheels for some time before the crash. While the company moves to increase production of the Tesla Model 3, Musk has said that the company plans to launch an electric compact vehicle within five years.

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. But this time it was Elon Musk's own Roadster, which was launched into space atop a Falcon Heavy rocket. "COPV [composite overwrapped pressure vessel] in place of the kid seats, which is prob wise for many reasons", Musk detailed in the first talk of the vehicle since Tesla's annual meeting last week.

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