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Tesla rolls out autopilot technology

Tesla is giving those who own a Model S or Model X the ability to take their hands off the wheel and let their vehicle take control when driving in certain conditions.

The company is updating the software on thousands of these models through a new system called Tesla Autopilot. The technology, which will be rolled out Thursday, allows those vehicles to control steering, speed, braking and lane changing.

"I think this is going to be quite a profound experience for people when they do it," Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday. "We've been testing it for over a year, so we've [gotten] quite used to it. But I've noticed that when I put friends of mine in the car, and they see the car drive, they are blown away. So it's really quite an interesting, new experience,"

Here's how it works: The system incorporates information from 12 ultrasonic sensors that are monitoring traffic all around the vehicle.

In addition, a camera in the front windshield and long-distance radar in the front grille provide a...