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2016-09-01 08:36

AUTOPILOT UPGRADE: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the automaker's autopilot system is set for an upgrade later in 2016. Image: YouTube / AP

Detroit - Tesla Motors is planning improvements to its semi-autonomous autopilot system after a fatal crash earlier in 2016.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote in a Tweet on Wednesday (August 31) that a software update will be released in a few weeks.

Over-the-air delivery

Musk says a software update will make "major improvements" to Autopilot, including more advanced processing of radar signals. Software updates are delivered over the air to Tesla owners.

Tesla's Autopilot system can maintain a set speed, keep the car within its lane and brake automatically. Radar helps the car see things that may be blocked to cameras in bright sunlight or bad weather.

READ: Tesla driver killed in crash, 'autopilot' to blame

In May, a driver whose Tesla Model S was operating in Autopilot died after he crashed into a tractor-trailer.

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