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Tesla's Next Roadster Will Feature Actual SpaceX Rocket Thrusters-Elon Musk

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Rocket-powered Tesla Roadster may fly, Elon Musk says

The arrival of "full self-driving" features doesn't mean that Tesla cars will offer a complete autonomous driving experience. Taking to Twitter, Musk said that the next-gen Roadster may include a SpaceX package that will feature approximately "10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around vehicle".

Tesla's Autopilot and several similar systems use torque sensors to ensure the driver has a hand (or hands) on the steering wheel.

Dubbed by Musk as "Tesla Version 9", the new software will likely only be available for Tesla vehicles with the Autopilot 2.0 features - that is, vehicles manufactured after October 2016 with the "Hardware 2" stack that Tesla claimed provides the necessary equipment to allow full self-driving capability in the future.

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. Those include systems with driver-assist features as well as those that enable fully self-driving vehicles.

An add-on weight dubbed Autopilot Buddy can allow drivers to keep their hands off a Tesla Model S or Model X steering wheel for extended periods of time, and can help to disable warnings that prompt the driver to take back control of the vehicle.

"To date, Autopilot resources have rightly focused entirely on safety".

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Musk replied: "You have my word, Marques".

The National Transportation Safety Board, in a preliminary report on the March 23 crash, also said that data shows the Model X SUV did not brake or try to steer around the barrier in the three seconds before the crash in Silicon Valley. The status ends with "Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly".

Huang had set the auto to drive at 75 miles per hour, but his hands were detected on the steering wheel just 34 seconds of the last minute before impact. What's more, Tesla claims that the vehicle will have a range of 620 miles.

The lack of evasive efforts suggests inattentive behavior on the part of the driver, or that perhaps he was incapacitated, said Bryan Reimer, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies driver safety and vehicle automation.

The morning crash in Mountain View on Highway 101 killed the driver, 38-year-old Walter Huang.

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