Tesla's August Autopilot update will begin to enable "full self-driving features"

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The features will be available for Autopilot 2.0 vehicles. Although stories about Tesla "drivers" sleeping and sitting in the passenger seat - and, unfortunately, crashing while reliant on the system - abound, Autopilot is only meant to operate under constant driver supervision. And while cars produced since October of 2016 have all the hardware Tesla says is necessary for self-driving, enabling that hardware requires paying a total of $8,000 in optional fees for many Tesla vehicles. Despite its name, Tesla's existing Autopilot technology is not true self-driving capability, but a set of advanced safety features that have also helped Tesla gather data for training its self-driving software.

Shortly thereafter, Musk noted that the "next gen Roadster will be absolutely out of this world" and that "for those who love to drive, there is no finer vehicle in history and we don't think there will be another". "Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly..."

According to the website, Enhanced Autopilot is also better at recognising fast-approaching cars from adjacent lanes.

Musk has said the new Roadster's intention is to prove an electric vehicle can outperform high-end gas-powered cars on any performance metric.

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"It's super messed up that a Tesla crash resulting in a broken ankle is front page news and the (approximately) 40,000 people who died in U.S. auto accidents alone in past year get nearly no coverage", Musk said last month.

Autopilot in its current form is a driver-assistance system that still requires the driver to pay attention and be ready to take control of the steering wheel. With eight active cameras, the system is created to eventually support full self-driving in nearly all circumstances.

Tesla explains that self-driving functionality "is dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary widely by jurisdiction".

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