This version, unsurprisingly dubbed the SpaceX option package, will be, according to Musk, the finest vehicle in history, never to be replicated.
The Tesla Model X passenger vehicle was being driven with the company's "Autopilot" features enabled when it crashed into the attenuator - also known as a "crash cushion" - on March 23 this year. That level of autonomy may still be years away.
The company has repeatedly stated that, in its current form, Autopilot is not for fully autonomous self driving, but rather to increase safety for the vehicle and its passengers. Directors of two consumer groups, the Center for Auto Safety and Consumer Watchdog, wrote a letter last month urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Tesla for "deceptive and unfair practices" in their advertising of what Autopilot can do. But with Musk, you never know. As the company revealed a few months ago, the forthcoming Roadster - which is set to be released in 2020 - can go from 0-60 miles per hour in just 1.9 seconds flat and boasts a top speed in excess of 250 miles per hour.
Bold statements. However this isn't the first time that the Tesla CEO says something that inspires incredulity.
A southbound view of the March 23 accident, as printed in the NTSB report. The SUV also was equipped with automatic emergency braking.
Among other factors, investigators are trying to determine how the car's camera, radar and ultrasonic sensors were working and what they were tracking.
The lack of evasive efforts suggests inattentive behavior on the part of the driver, or that perhaps he was incapacitated, said Bryan Reimer, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies driver safety and vehicle automation.