Tesla Touting 10 Rocket Thrusters for New Roadster

Rocket-powered Tesla Roadster may fly, Elon Musk says

Tesla's website now features a section on the Autopilot page called, "Full Self-Driving Capability".

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the company's Autopilot will "begin to enable full self-driving features" this summer. Elon Musk has tweeted about the possibility of rocket thrusters for extra boost for the Roadster and knowing what he is capable of, it might turn out to be a reality.

The Tesla had been following a lead vehicle and travelling at the speed limit (of 65mph) eight seconds before the crash, the report said, taking advantage of the "Autopilot" system that allows drivers to follow the behaviour of a lead vehicle while maintaining a fixed distance from it. Those include systems with driver-assist features as well as those that enable fully self-driving vehicles. Version 9 is the first full update of the software since version 8 was released in 2016.

But Tesla has shared little about how it has tested these features, Friedman said, adding that the treating of self-driving capabilities as easy software updates could have deadly results.

Musk has previously said the software will "never be perfect" and is not created to replace human control of a vehicle. 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 status ends with "Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly".

Rocket-powered Tesla Roadster may fly, Elon Musk says
The Tesla Roadster's SpaceX package will replace the back seats with rockets (TSLA)

Meanwhile, the NTSB in a preliminary finding into the crash in Mountain View.

The idea is strongly supported by labor unions which has been trying to make inroads in the Tesla factory.

As per the vehicle's programming, the Tesla provided two visual alerts and one auditory alert for the driver to place his hands on the steering wheel prior to the crash. The Tesla began steering left seven seconds before the crash, and after it no longer was following the other vehicle it began accelerating three seconds before the collision to nearly 71 miles per hour, before running into a highway barrier.

But, what Tesla is expected to deliver would, more likely, move it into the realm of what is referred to as Level 3 technology.

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