Tesla's August Autopilot update will begin to enable "full self-driving features"

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An update to Tesla's Autopilot software coming in August will enable "full self-driving features" for the automaker's electric cars, chief executive Elon Musk says.

Back in November 2017, a new generation of the Tesla Roadster was revealed, with production scheduled to start in 2020.

Musk said that the autopilot issue during lane-merging is better in the current software and would be fully fixed in the August update.

Musk announced the SpaceX package on Tuesday at Tesla's annual shareholder meeting.

The latest software update, which started to roll out last week, features a new feature that will increase the number of warnings it gives drivers to take control of the vehicle.

Shortly thereafter, Musk noted that the "next gen Roadster will be absolutely out of this world" and that "for those who love to drive, there is no finer vehicle in history and we don't think there will be another".

Beyond the Enhanced Autopilot suite, Tesla also offers Full Self-Driving Capability as an option on its cars.

While Tesla is selling a full self-driving package, that does not mean that consumers will be able to use it immediately.

Tesla's documentation on its website about the "full self-driving capabilities" package says that it is not possible to know exactly when each element of the functionality will be available, as this is highly dependent on local regulatory approval. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines a fully autonomous vehicle as one "capable of performing all driving functions under all conditions" with driver control optional.

Tesla's vehicles have been involved in several crashes this year and at least two people have died in those crashes.

The Autopilot feature, which includes auto-steering, lane assist and automatic braking must now be used with the driver remaining ready to take full control and keep hands on the wheel.