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Traffic authority's report on Tesla crash could hit autonomous development hard

Traffic authority's report on Tesla crash could hit autonomous development hard

What Musk means by "full self-driving features", though, is another question.

The first Roadster was built in 2005 after English manufacturer Lotus agreed to sell bare Elise shells to Tesla.

A Tesla Inc. vehicle involved in a fatal crash in March was speeding on a highway with its driver-assistance feature engaged and had alerted the driver to put his hands on the steering wheel more than 15 minutes before the collision, USA safety investigators said Thursday.

Tesla intends to make quite a range of vehicles.

The vehicle's Autopilot system was activated for about 19 minutes before the crash, the NTSB said.

Musk said the updated "Version 9" coming in August would help address a number of issues.

Now, this doesn't mean the electric auto will be fully autonomous in august this year.

According to the NTSB report, the driver did not put his hands on the steering wheel of the vehicle for six seconds prior to the crash, despite having had his hand on the wheel for 34 seconds of the preceding minute.




A decal advertising Tesla Motors' Autopilot feature sits on a window of their showroom at a dealership in London in 2015.

Testing of autonomous vehicles are still required to have humans in the driver seat right now, and Tesla might well point to inaction as the cause of the crash as opposed to failure of its system, though the report will not enforce the insistence autonomous vehicles are safer than human operated ones. During that time, the system provided two visual and one auditory alert for the driver to put his hands back on the steering wheel, the agency said. It already has a couple different sedans in the Model S and Model 3, along with the Model X SUV.

Musk nor Tesla did not confirm the cost of the Roadster with thrusters.

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 auto.

While Musk's announcement appears absurd to some, Tesla executives are not confirming nor denying his claim.

Shares of Tesla are now up nearly 10% in the past week and 5% this year.

"These rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering. Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly ..."


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