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Tesla Addresses 'Range Anxiety' Of Its Electric Cars With Software Update

(CBS SF) – Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, unveiled his plans to alleviate so-called "range anxiety" in his company's Model S electric vehicles by updating the cars' software over-the-air.

CNET reported Thursday that Tesla's new "Range Assurance" feature will monitor how far the car is away from one of the company's more than 400 Supercharger stations in the U.S. If they are going too far from a station, the car will warn the driver and ask if they want to continue.

Tesla has added other features to their cars by using over-the-air updates, which are usually sent through the car's cellular connection. "We view it in the same way you view updating your phone and your laptop," Musk said at the news conference.

Earlier this week, Musk addressed the future of self-driving vehicles, saying they would be taken for granted "in a short period of time." He also said that human drivers could one day be made illegal.

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