AutoComplete: Tesla's much-awaited v8.0 software is here, with lots of AutoPilot updates and good news for FidoMichigan moves forward with self-driving-car and vehicle-hacking bills, and Audi saves the manuals.
Today is Thursday, September 22nd, and here's what's making news on Road Show. Tesla's version eight software is here. The company's comprehensive update for model S and XEV's includes a lot of changes to it's autopilot semi autonomous driver assist in the name of improved safety. The tech has come under fire lately after a string of high profile accidents. Other changes included automatic cabin cooling feature, designed to keep kids and pets safe, even when the car is off. The over the air updates have already begun installing in customer cars, even as you see this. Michigan is one step closer to putting autonomous vehicles on the road. After passing the senate unanimously, four bills have made their way through the house communications and tech committee, and are heading to the house itself. The bill would permit driverless cars to function on Michigan's roads for any reason not just testing. And it extends liability protection to mechanics that work on self-driving cars. Glory. Hallelujah. Audi is saving the manuals one A4 at a time. The automaker has added an optional six speed manual transmission variant available in all three trans and complete with standard all wheel drive. Its also available with an exclusive package that brings over two technologies from the more powerful S4 model, adaptive steering and adaptive sports suspension. Find more on these stories over at theroadshow.com and we'll talk to you tomorrow.