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Tesla planning upgrade to semi-autonomous Autopilot system

Software update to be released in a few weeks.


DETROIT — Tesla Motors is planning improvements to its semi-autonomous Autopilot system after a fatal crash earlier this summer.

CEO Elon Musk wrote in a Tweet Sept. 1 that a software update will be released in a few weeks.

Musk says a software update will make “major improvements” to Autopilot, including more advanced processing of radar signals. Software updates are delivered over the air to Tesla owners.

The Autopilot system can maintain a set speed, keep the car within its lane and brake automatically. Radar helps the car see things that may be blocked to cameras in bright sunlight or bad weather.

In May, a driver whose Tesla Model S was operating in Autopilot died after he crashed into a tractor-trailer.

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