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Earlier versions warned the driver and slowed the auto to a stop if no hands were detected on the steering wheel.
In the wake of a number of crashes, Tesla announced on September 11 a suite of upgrades to its Autopilot software that enhance the radar system, while adding new safety measures that restrict drivers from taking their hands off the steering wheel.
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Alex Lidow, CEO of chipmaker EPC, said Tesla's reliance on radar is not enough.
The product fits into his long-term vision of helping provide green homes that run on solar energy and use battery storage to help power systems, including charging electric cars, even after sundown. Lidar images are clearer than radar in most circumstances and can be processed faster.
A Tesla Model S involved in a fatal crash in the USA while in Autopilot mode.
Musk said that the latest software update will include a feature that lets the owner set a max temperature for inside the vehicle, so that kids and pets never get overheated.
The auto-cool is created to prevent hot-weather accidents that can cause deadly overheating of young children and pets.
Business Insider reports Musk's favorite new feature would enable Tesla vehicle owners to set a maximum temperature for inside the auto.