Tesla Autopilot: Elon Musk promises 'full self-driving features' by August

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Musk humor? It would appear not, as the SpaceX and Tesla CEO has already added some slim details to the original Tweet. And in his late Monday tweet, Musk said, "to date, Autopilot resources have rightly focused entirely on safety (but) with V9, we will begin to enable full self-driving features".

However, Elon Musk did confirm the rockets on the forthcoming Roadster will be "pure electric", ruling out the use of any petrol-based booster technology in the all-electric sports vehicle. 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. Elon Musk said that Autopilot version 9 should arrive this August, and with it will come the first "self-driving features." .

After months of teasers and tweets, Tesla finally unveiled its all-electric lorry in November a year ago and, at the same event, it upstaged it with something no one was expecting: an all-new Tesla Roadster.

Tesla's current version of Autopilot is seen as having what, in industry terms, is Level 2 capability, meaning that when switched on it can adjust the speed of a vehicle to maintain the flow of traffic. One video recorded last week shows an official Tesla vehicle speeding along a California freeway while its driver is facing down, seemingly not paying attention or falling asleep.

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Being "full self-driving", as Elon Musk calls it, doesn't mean that the vehicle will drive itself, though it could.

Musk has been known to exaggerate and even post jokes in his Twitter feed that are often mis-read as serious comments. He has also shared other plans Tesla Inc has for the coming years, at the company's annual shareholder meeting.

Tesla founder Elon Musk has announced that the company's upcoming Roadster sports auto will be offered with an optional "SpaceX package" with actual rockets. "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.

On Saturday, Musk said the package will include around 10 small rocket thrusters that will improve the vehicle's acceleration, maximum speed, braking, and handling.