Tesla’s Newest Car Will Have Rocket Thrusters

But proponents were quick to celebrate Musk’s promised upgrade with Tesla stock surging in after-hours trading

But proponents were quick to celebrate Musk’s promised upgrade with Tesla stock surging in after-hours trading

Tesla surged more than 3% in early trading Monday following CEO Elon Musk's announcement that the carmaker's version 9 software would include the first steps to fully-autonomous driving.

The good news is that Tesla is updating these features, and by August all the Tesla vehicles with autonomous functionality will be able to self-drive with your hands off the wheel.

But despite a series of updates to the software, it still requires an owner's hands remain on the wheel, the owner ready to take full control in an emergency, or when advised to do so by a system warning.

Tesla's Autopilot is considered an SAE Level 2 system, which combines adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist technology. 8 seconds prior to the crash, the Tesla was following a lead vehicle and was traveling about 65 miles per hour, before it began a left steering motion.

Musk said that the autopilot issue during lane-merging is better in the current software and would be fully fixed in the August update.

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 resources, he said, had so far "rightly focused entirely on safety".

Could the planned Tesla Roadster use rockets to improve its performance as Musk tweeted
Could the planned Tesla Roadster use rockets to improve its performance as Musk tweeted

According to Autopilot Buddy's website, it works on Model S and Model X and the company is developing one for the Model 3.

According to Telsa CEO Elon Musk, to improve the performance, the package option of forthcoming Telsa Roadster will include ten small rocket thrusters, which are arranged around the vehicle.

Elon Musk is never one to do things by half and it appears his claims of building a rocket-powered Tesla Roadster past year weren't to be taken as a joke.

"Inevitably, somebody's not going to service their auto properly and they're going to drop a hubcap and it's going to guillotine somebody", Musk recently said at an event discussing his Boring Company's plans to build car-carrying tunnels under Los Angeles and other cities.

Musk tweeted that these small rocket engines would "dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering".

Even without a motorcycle, Tesla has its work cut out for the next few years.

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