According to Musk, Tesla "will begin to enable full self-driving features" in August with the release of Autopilot Version 9. Okay, so perhaps Musk's hyperbolic nature is shining through when he's talking about a Tesla flying, but subsequent tweets reveal that the Tesla CEO isn't kidding around when it comes to outfitting a Tesla Roadster with rocket technology.
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After his tweet, Tesla's official website added a new "Autopilot" webpage which explicitly states that "Please note that Self-Driving functionality is dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary widely by jurisdiction".
The Tesla Model X passenger vehicle was being driven with the company's "Autopilot" features enabled when it crashed into the attenuator - also known as a "crash cushion" - on March 23 this year.
"The impact rotated the Tesla counter clockwise and caused a separation of the front portion of the vehicle", the report said. The canister could be filled by an electric pump run off the car's battery pack when the Roadster's drive motors don't need full power, although Musk said that they "are going to go a lot further", than that with the design.
Missy Cummings, the director of Duke University's Humans and Autonomy Lab, said Musk's self-driving statement was an "attempt to generate hype" and that his assertion of a focus on safety was "laughable".
The roll out news comes as the electric vehicle maker faces several investigations over crashes involving it's autopilot system.
Musk also mulled possibility of the rocket thrusters helping the vehicle getting some serious air. Speaking on Twitter, he confirmed that the rockets would actually be powered by SpaceX technology and would result in the Tesla Roadster's rear seats being removed to allow for the technology to fit.
"These rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering".