Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Tesla’s Newest Car Will Have Rocket Thrusters

Tesla’s Newest Car Will Have Rocket Thrusters

Being "full self-driving", as Elon Musk calls it, doesn't mean that the vehicle will drive itself, though it could. 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. A spate of recent crashes has brought the system under regulatory scrutiny.

He's tweeted that the latest Autopilot software rolling out is "fully fixed in August update as part of our long-awaited Tesla Version 9".

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

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Tesla had considered installing additional sensors that would track the driver's eyes to ensure they were looking forward and a different steering sensor that would detect the driver's hands on the wheel.

The good news is that Tesla is updating these features, and by August all the Tesla vehicles with autonomous functionality will be able to self-drive with your hands off the wheel.

Tesla's vehicles have been involved in several crashes this year and at least two people have died in those crashes.

Meanwhile, the NTSB in a preliminary finding into the crash in Mountain View. One reason for such caution is the hardware used on products like the Models S, X and 3.

Tesla founder Elon Musk recently gave an inside tour of his factory to CBS This Morning.

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

He ended by saying "New Tesla Roadster will exceed all gas sports cars in every way".

As to the benefits, Musk noted that "these rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering".

Even without a motorcycle, Tesla has its work cut out for the next few years.

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

Musk and Tesla first announced the specs of the new Roadster back in November, stating that "these numbers sound nutty, but they're real".

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