Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
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Tesla Roadster's "SpaceX option package" may come with rocket thrusters

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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.

Musk said that the autopilot issue during lane-merging is better in the current software and would be fully fixed in the August update. That does not mean, however, that they will be able to drive themselves.

The Tesla founder made the disclosure in a Twitter conversation, responding to a user who complained about issues with Autopilot, which is now considered semi-autonomous with the requirement that a motorist be at the wheel at all times.

Musk announced the SpaceX package on Tuesday at Tesla's annual shareholder meeting.

In a tweet posted Sunday, the CEO confirmed version 9 and said that previous versions of Autopilot have "rightly focused entirely on safety", but now it appears that the emphasis will be on refining and adding to the self-driving capabilities, which will eventually lead to a fully autonomous system.

Tesla declined to confirm which features will be offered in the upcoming update, nor when the promised full self-driving functionality will be available. That level of autonomy may still be years away.

The upgrade comes amid a storm of bad publicity for Tesla in recent months, after numerous crashes were linked to drivers using the Autopilot feature. Autopilot has been involved in a handful of wrecks lately, including at least two in which preliminary reports suggest Autopilot itself may have been at fault. He is certainly correct, but a new technology, particularly one that can kill someone if used improperly or if the technology fails, should be scrutinized as thoroughly as possible before being turned loose on consumers who receive the sales pitch but who don't have either the time or knowledge to weigh the technical details.

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