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A Tesla spokesperson on Monday said the cars would only start offering a limited number of as-yet-undisclosed features, not full autonomy itself.

Tesla explains that self-driving functionality "is dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary widely by jurisdiction".

Tesla owners will receive an automatic upgrade to their vehicles' self-driving software, the company's CEO Elon Musk has revealed in a tweet. This means that a bottle containing high-pressure air will be used to add thrust to the auto without actually strapping a rocket to the back of your vehicle - something that's probably not going to make your auto zero-emission. Those include systems with driver-assist features as well as those that enable fully self-driving vehicles.

He added that "to date, Autopilot resources have rightly focused entirely on safety (and) with V9 (version 9), we will begin to enable full self-driving features".

The agency's findings confirmed what Tesla had already said after the crash: The driver's hands weren't detected on the wheel six seconds before the crash.

Rocket-powered Tesla Roadster may fly, Elon Musk says

Dubbed by Musk as "Tesla Version 9", the new software will likely only be available for Tesla vehicles with the Autopilot 2.0 features - that is, vehicles manufactured after October 2016 with the "Hardware 2" stack that Tesla claimed provides the necessary equipment to allow full self-driving capability in the future.

Furthermore, Tesla's site now includes an area on the Autopilot page called, "Full Self-Driving Capability".

As for the flying bit, while the Roadster may be capable of small jumps, Musk has previously spoken against the idea of true flying cars, saying they'd be too noisy and unsafe. One reason for such caution is the hardware used on products like the Models S, X and 3. 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. But this time it was Elon Musk's own Roadster, which was launched into space atop a Falcon Heavy rocket.

The proposed labor rules could be approved in Sacramento as early as next month but it could take up to two years before it would be enforced, giving companies time to make any improvements. A Tesla representative told the publication that SpaceX and Tesla "are occasionally able to share ideas that help the other".

"If Tesla's going to get a tax break, they should treat their workers better", Ben Field, Executive Officer of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council.

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