Elon Musk, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Tesla, has disclosed that the latest version of Autopilot will begin rolling out in August, which will authorize the fully autonomous capabilities of Tesla vehicles.
Tesla owners will receive an automatic upgrade to their vehicles' self-driving software, the company's CEO Elon Musk has revealed in a tweet.
Tesla's Autopilot and several similar systems use torque sensors to ensure the driver has a hand (or hands) on the steering wheel.
Tesla argued it had dropped out of the investigation, contending that restrictions on disclosures about the crash could jeopardize public safety by preventing the timely release of information about Autopilot to consumers. Most cars lack the lidar sensors and 360-degree cameras that can be used to detect lanes, obstacles, and traffic-sensors that are ubiquitous in autonomous test vehicles.
The Autopilot software update will call for an extra $5,000 dollars to the vehicle owners.
With what Musk calls "full self-driving features" the auto will be able to drive itself.
The Autopilot feature, which includes auto-steering, lane assist and automatic braking must now be used with the driver remaining ready to take full control and keep hands on the wheel.
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".
Musk says that the SpaceX package could contain as many as 10 thrusters "arranged seamlessly around the vehicle".
"These rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering".
Musk and Tesla first announced the specs of the new Roadster back in November, stating that "these numbers sound nutty, but they're real".
The crossover between Musk's two companies also appears to be accelerating. "Tesla Autopilot does not prevent all accidents-such a standard would be impossible-but it makes them much less likely to occur", the March blog said.
General Motors said last week that its driver assistance feature, Super Cruise, will allow drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel for extended periods, but will stop the vehicle automatically if drivers are not attentive.