Tesla’s ‘Autopilot’ is getting an upgrade

SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk | AP

The CEO responded, "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".

Musk tweeted and said that the flame spitting engines and the burning rocket fuel are not legal. Autopilot resources, he said, had so far "rightly focused entirely on safety".

The Model X electric, sport-utility vehicle accelerated in the final seconds to about 71 miles an hour before the March 23 crash in Mountain View, Calif., according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board. A Tesla representative told the publication that SpaceX and Tesla "are occasionally able to share ideas that help the other".

On Sunday, Elon Musk announced in a tweet that Tesla is set to release Version 9 software in August which will enable "Full Self Driving Features".

The four-seater sports auto - which was already set to be the fastest production vehicle ever built - will boast 10 small rocket thrusters around the body to help with cornering, breaking and improve top speeds, the 46-year-old billionaire tweeted.

The news comes in the midst of several investigations into the role of Tesla's current Autopilot in recent crashes.

Just what "full self driving" means to Musk remains in question.

The Tesla made no attempt at braking or steering away from the collision, the NTSB said. One video recorded last week shows an official Tesla vehicle speeding along a California freeway while its driver is facing down, seemingly not paying attention or falling asleep. He left many observers scratching their heads when, over the past weekend, he posted hints about what he claimed would be a special feature for the next-generation Tesla Roadster now under development.

Tesla founder Elon Musk has announced that the company's upcoming Roadster sports vehicle will be offered with an optional "SpaceX package" with actual rockets.

One Twitter user speculated that Tesla would use compressed air in the rocket boosters in order to keep its all-electric promise, and achieve the acceleration improvements touted by Musk.

"Not saying the next gen Roadster special upgrade package *will* definitely enable it to fly short hops, but maybe...", Musk later added.

Musk also said the package would remove the vehicle's rear seats and advised that it would not be suited for urban areas.

Related news: