Haute 100 SF: Elon Musk Announces When Tesla Autopilot Software Will Be Available


Over the weekend Haute 100 lister Elon Musk announced, via Twitter, Tesla’s version seven software with autopilot will be released worldwide on Thursday, Oct. 15th.

Following the announcement, the South African-born business magnate took to Twitter to answer consumers’ questions. Mark Adamczyk asked Musk on Twitter,  “Are there any differences between X and S autopilot hardware and capabilities? Not much autopilot talk at X launch.” Musk replied, “Same.”

Andrew Shiamone then asked, “Will v7 include the autopilot parking as well?” Musk replied, “Yes.” When asked about how long it would take to push the update to every car, Musk responded, roughly five days.

Dana Hull ‏asked, “So is this highway auto-steer & lane change & the ability to summon your car with the phone app?” Replied Musk, “Yes.”

The tweets has since been deleted, but you can read the full dialogue via Teslarati.com.

To sum it up, the new software, which has been available since August for a select group of Model S drivers, will feature semi-autonomous conveniences, such as parking assist and autopilot on major highways. In this new update, the eco-luxe vehicle will also be able to keep the car in its lane and set a distance between the automobile and other vehicles on the street by braking and accelerating when appropriate, according to AutoBlog.com.

Though musk did not share in-depth details, the CEO of Tesla Motors as well as SpaceX did reveal there will be a lot of upgrades and a new haute look in version seven. For example, in version seven there will be a larger dashboard screen. However, Tesla customers can expect a more significant user interface in a future upgrade, software version 7.1.

Most recently, Tesla has finally began shipping its electric crossover, the Model X. Model X features all-wheel drive and the option of a 60 or 85 kWh battery. The Model X Performance version will accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds. This would make Model X faster than many sports cars, including the Porsche 911 Carrera, according to an initial press release.

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