Tesla Roadster 'SpaceX' package to get rocket thrusters?

But proponents were quick to celebrate Musk’s promised upgrade with Tesla stock surging in after-hours trading

But proponents were quick to celebrate Musk’s promised upgrade with Tesla stock surging in after-hours trading

"With V9, we will begin to enable full self-driving features", Musk tweeted.

Michael Sanchez, who has worked at Tesla since 2012 and is now on medical leave, said he was asked to leave by security guards and a supervisor while handing out leaflets to colleagues outside a Tesla facility in February 2017.

The role of Autopilot in some accidents involving Tesla vehicles has raised some controversies about the technology.

Tesla has denied the allegations and described them as an effort to make Chief Executive Elon Musk look bad. 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. Musk tweeted early Sunday morning about Tesla Version 9.0 including major updates for Autopilot 2.0.

Under the update, the "Hold Steering Wheel" alert appears every 15 to 20 seconds when pressure is not detected on the steering wheel.

In a 16-page response, Tesla said it already complies with California's strict workplace standards and said the state was unfairly singling it out, asserting "at a minimum, any procedures must be applied consistently to all companies that manufacture CVRP-eligible vehicles, including those that have manufacturing facilities located outside of California in jurisdictions with lesser labor standards".

Could the planned Tesla Roadster use rockets to improve its performance as Musk tweeted
Could the planned Tesla Roadster use rockets to improve its performance as Musk tweeted

After a May 2016 crash in Florida that killed a former Navy SEAL, Autopilot took partial blame in an NTSB probe. One reason for such caution is the hardware used on products like the Models S, X and 3.

Elon Musk is never one to do things by half and it appears his claims of building a rocket-powered Tesla Roadster past year weren't to be taken as a joke. The additions are promised to dramatically improve acceleration for the already insanely fast Roadster, which will be able to zip from standstill to 60 miles per hour in just 1.9 seconds sans "rocket" boost.

"In a recent Twitter post, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has said that the automaker's forthcoming next-generation Roadster all-electric supercar will boast the inclusion of a "SpaceX package", with "~10 small rocket thrusters".

Tesla's shares were last up 3.3 per cent at $327.93 on Monday after touching a high of $333. On Saturday, Musk wrote that New Telsa Roadster would enhance all gas sports cars.

Even without a motorcycle, Tesla has its work cut out for the next few years. And we think that is enough time for the tech-maverick Elon Musk to figure out how those 10 rockets will blend into the vehicle.

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