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Autopilot Buddy defeats Tesla's safety systems; it is not your friend

Autopilot Buddy defeats Tesla's safety systems; it is not your friend

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 Version 9, an apparently major software update to the operating system used for the automaker's vehicles, will debut in August and, according to CEO Elon Musk, add "full sell-driving" capabilities to the controversial Autopilot system.

Musk's comments come amid a race by automakers and tech firms to roll out fully autonomous vehicles, but also rising concerns about the safety of robotic systems.

In another fatal accident previous 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. To date, Autopilot resources have rightly focused entirely on safety.

But proponents were quick to celebrate Musk's promised upgrade, with Tesla stock surging in after-hours trading. 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 arrival of "full self-driving" features doesn't mean that Tesla cars will offer a complete autonomous driving experience.

A consumer advocacy group on Friday urged Tesla to fix what it termed as "flaws" in Autopilot after a preliminary government report said a Model X driver did not have his hands on the vehicle's steering wheel in the final six seconds before a fatal crash on March 23.

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Tesla is building a new software update that is set to release in August with full self-driving features for Autopilot 2.0 vehicles.

Musk and Tesla first announced the specs of the new Roadster back in November, stating that "these numbers sound nutty, but they're real".

According to Telsa CEO Elon Musk, to improve the performance, the package option of forthcoming Telsa Roadster will include ten small rocket thrusters, which are arranged around the auto.

Tesla shares closed 0.50% higher at $317.66.

A Tesla Model X P100D sport-utility vehicle on display in NY in 2017.

On Saturday, Musk said the package will include around 10 small rocket thrusters that will improve the vehicle's acceleration, maximum speed, braking, and handling.

Even without a motorcycle, Tesla has its work cut out for the next few years. Musk also runs SpaceX and is the founder of the tunnel digging/public transportation startup The Boring Company.


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