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Self-driving Tesla Cars Coming Soon: Tesla CEO Elon Musk

"Tesla made zero cars in 2011, but will make around 500,000 cars in 2019"

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

In yet another bold statement, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the company’s full self-driving feature will be completed by the end of this year.

By the end of 2020, the electric car maker’s self-driving feature will be so capable that one can even snooze in the driver seat while the car takes the person to the desired destination, the Wired quoted Musk as saying on Wednesday.

“I think we will be ‘feature complete’ on full self-driving this year, meaning the car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up, take you all the way to your destination without an intervention this year,” Musk said during a podcast interview.

“I am certain of that. That is not a question mark.”

Musk’s revised timeline could be great news for Tesla buyers who have been waiting for the driverless feature for years.

Tesla said that every car produced since October 2016 has all the hardware needed to drive itself.

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Visitors inspect Tesla electric cars at Brussels Motor Show, Belgium, Jan. 18, 2019. VOA

Between October 2016 and October 2018, customers could even pay an extra $3,000 or so for a “full self-driving” feature, which Tesla promised they would eventually be able to unlock via a software update.

In January 2017, Musk said elements of that feature would start rolling out in three to six months. However, that did not happen.

In the podcast interview, Musk cautioned that it will take the company another year to get to the point where its cars can completely drive themselves.

“People sometimes will extrapolate (“feature complete”) to mean now (full self-driving) works with 100 per cent certainty, requiring no observation, perfectly. This is not the case,” he was quoted as saying.

Musk said that Tesla drivers would be able to fall asleep and wake up at their destinations using full self-drive by the end of 2020.

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SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk, left, announces Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa (R) as the first private passenger on a trip around the moon. VOA

Until then, drivers will have to continue to monitor the technology and be ready to take control of the wheel if something goes wrong, the report said.

In another tweet, Musk said that Tesla made zero cars in 2011 but will produce 10,000 cars per week in 2019.

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“Tesla made zero cars in 2011, but will make around 500,000 cars in 2019”.

“Meant to say annualised production rate at end of 2019 probably around 500k, ie 10k cars/week. Deliveries for year still estimated to be about 400k,” he tweeted. (IANS)

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Tesla Owners Unintentionally Buy Software Updates, Face Troubles in Getting Refunds

Famous scholar and Tesla owner Nassim Nicholas Taleb reported a similar story on Twitter

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Back in December, Tesla introduced one-click and the first feature available via the easy-buy feature was the Acceleration Boost upgrade. Pixabay

Some Tesla owners are unintentionally buying expensive software upgrades through the automaker’s app which range from $ 4,000 to almost $ 10,000 and they are facing trouble getting refunds.

The issue was noted by Tesla owner Jon McLaughlin was surprised when his wife called to tell him that she was now able to use some Full Self-Driving features on their Model 3, even though they didn’t buy those options, reports electrek.

“This prompted me to look at the ‘upgrades’ section of the mobile app. Interestingly, the app said I had purchased all the eligible upgrades. Odd, I have not purchased anything. So, I proceed to click on ‘purchases’ within the mobile app only to see two invoices. One for the new performance boost and the other for FSD,” the report quoted Jon.

Additionally, he mentioned that his credit card was charged $9,700 on January 5 without his authorization.

Back in December, Tesla introduced one-click and the first feature available via the easy-buy feature was the Acceleration Boost upgrade.

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Some Tesla owners are unintentionally buying expensive software upgrades through the automaker’s app which range from $ 4,000 to almost $ 10,000 and they are facing trouble getting refunds. Pixabay

When McLaughlin contacted Tesla customer service, he was told the products were non-refundable, despite him allegedly not making the purchase in the first place.

Famous scholar and Tesla owner Nassim Nicholas Taleb reported a similar story on Twitter.

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Eventually, Tesla CEO Elon Musk intervened, saying he would make sure Taleb’s issue will get resolve soon. (IANS)