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

Musk explained that artificial intelligence-powered autonomous vehicles will surpass humans’ ability to drive safely and avoid accidents

Shares of Tesla rose as much as 5 per cent on Monday after Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk tweeted that its Autopilot driver assistance system will get full self-driving features following a software upgrade in August. The negative coverage of Autopilot, combined with ongoing challenges with Model 3 production, battered Tesla's stock, though it has recovered some losses this month.

The latest software update, which started to roll out last week, features a new feature that will increase the number of warnings it gives drivers to take control of the vehicle.

Version 9 is the first full update of the software since version 8 was released in 2016.

Tesla has been gradually upgrading its Autopilot features with regular software updates.

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The special package called the SpaceX package but Tesla is still not ready to reveal what it will be offering.

Tesla declined to confirm which features will be offered in the upcoming update, nor when the promised full self-driving functionality will be available.

Currently, a Tesla in Autopilot mode can perform some self-driving functions such as parking and identification of highway lanes to improve the safety of changing lanes on the road. That level of autonomy may still be years away. 8 seconds prior to the crash, the Tesla was following a lead vehicle and was traveling about 65 miles per hour, before it began a left steering motion.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report last week that a Tesla operating on Autopilot sped up before a crash into a freeway barrier in California that killed the driver. He is certainly correct, but a new technology, particularly one that can kill someone if used improperly or if the technology fails, should be scrutinized as thoroughly as possible before being turned loose on consumers who receive the sales pitch but who don't have either the time or knowledge to weigh the technical details.

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