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Tesla Roadster's 'Augmented Mode' will boost your driving ability

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Tesla's current semi-autonomous technology helps reduce your driving involvement. Its next big move, however, could encourage you to take a more hands-on approach. Elon Musk has revealed that the new Roadster will include an "Augmented Mode" that promises to "massively enhance" your driving ability -- he likened it to Tony Stark's Iron Man suit. Just how it would work is unsurprisingly a mystery (the car isn't even slated to arrive until 2020), but it's implied that this will give you a helping hand when you're driving near the car's performance limits.

The concept of a car augmenting your driving ability is far from new. Some sports cars are well-known for their ability to bail you out when you push too hard, such as Nissan's GT-R. The difference is that those cars typically rely on all-wheel drive and other straightforward driving assists to prevent you drifting off the road -- Tesla has the luxury of cameras, sensors and raw computing power to come to your aid. That additional level of support could be vital in the Roadster, whose baseline 1.9-second 0-to-60MPH time and instant torque could be intimidating even if you're a supercar veteran.

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