The arrival of "full self-driving" features doesn't mean that Tesla cars will offer a complete autonomous driving experience.
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". Now Musk has announced that a special option package for the upcoming Roadster will see the electric sportster packing small "rocket" thrusters, adding that "maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly".
Tesla's Autopilot and several similar systems use torque sensors to ensure the driver has a hand (or hands) on the steering wheel.
The "full self-driving package" is only available to owners of Tesla model S and Model X vehicles with the firm's Autopilot 2.0 hardware.
The last time Tesla updated its software was with version 8.0 in 2016. But with Musk, you never know. "With V9, we will begin to enable full self-driving features", the 46-year-old executive said in response to a tweet highlighting the issues with the present Autopilot system. The Tesla founder also mentioned plans for introducing the Model Y, their next SUV, with a March 2019 reveal with production commencing in mid-2020.
The NTSB says it now will examine the cause of the crash.
Those credits are a big incentive to buy a Tesla because they can save thousands of dollars off the price of a new vehicle. What's more, Tesla claims that the auto will have a range of 620 miles. Hence he was not in control of it, nor was he paying attention to the road at the time.
Under the update, the "Hold Steering Wheel" alert appears every 15 to 20 seconds when pressure is not detected on the steering wheel. At 3 seconds prior to the crash and up to the time of impact with the crash attenuator, the Tesla's speed increased from 62 to 70.8 miles per hour, with no pre-crash braking or evasive steering movement detected.
"Tesla has a history of using consumers as guinea pigs", said David Friedman, the director of cars and product policy at Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports.