Elon Musk promises self-driving Teslas in upcoming software update

Elon Musk and Grimes aren’t going to Mars just yet. Jason Kempin  Getty Images

Elon Musk and Grimes aren’t going to Mars just yet. Jason Kempin Getty Images

Musk, responding to a user's concern regarding how the autonomous driving features function in the case of two lanes merging, said that the autopilot's issue is fully fixed in the next update. As the company revealed a few months ago, the forthcoming Roadster - which is set to be released in 2020 - can go from 0-60 miles per hour in just 1.9 seconds flat and boasts a top speed in excess of 250 miles per hour.

"Not saying the next gen Roadster special upgrade package *will* definitely enable it to fly short hops, but maybe...", Musk later added.

The "SpaceX" option would therefore replace the back seating.

As for the flying bit, while the Roadster may be capable of small jumps, Musk has previously spoken against the idea of true flying cars, saying they'd be too noisy and risky. Indeed, he wants to make the Roadster better than the best auto ever made, which to date is the McLaren F1, which Musk himself bought when he first made a lot of money. Already these are ambitious specs, and whether or not they factored in "rocket thrusters", who knows. In the Twitter discussion that followed the thruster announcement, Musk suggested that using compressed air to power the thrusters would make sense, but added "We are going to go a lot further".

The comment adds more detail to a few tweets Musk wrote in November previous year, one saying, "There will be a special option package that takes it to the next level". Elon Musk said that Autopilot version 9 should arrive this August, and with it will come the first "self-driving features." .

With what Musk calls "full self-driving features" the vehicle will be able to drive itself.

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