Tesla rolls out Autopilot update to 1,000 new cars

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the e-car company is testing Autopilot safety features through a software update rolled out to one thousand vehicles that have been built with fully-autonomous hardware.

After October 2016, Tesla built its e-cars with fully-automated hardware, called "Hardware 2." The new update equipped these vehicles with the Autopilot semi-autonomous features. These vehicles will eventually become fully self-driving. The update also added a few Autopilot safety features to the vehicles.

Announcing the update over the weekend, CEO Elon Musk tweeted, "HW2 Autopilot software uploading to 1000 cars this eve … Resolving an Autopilot HW2 bug that shows up when booting from a subzero cold-soak. If that fix works, software will start uploading tmrw."

Mr. Musk had first mentioned the update in October last year as part of the company's larger launch of the new fully autonomous hardware that was being installed in new cars like Model S and Model X.

Company representatives are expected provide more details on the fully autonomous hardware during a planned tour of its Nevada-based $5 billion Gigafactory to investors on Jan. 4, 2017.

Media reports have also suggested that Tesla has decided not to join automotive industry peers at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.