Tesla Doesn’t Want to Wait for Self-Driving Cars

Tesla Doesn’t Want to Wait for Self-Driving Cars

This Wednesday, Tesla Motors made the announcement that its cars are all going to be self-driving from now on. The car company says that its electric cars are going to have all the hardware necessary to be able to drive themselves. With this, Tesla Motors is again ahead of the competition. So far, Tesla is the only car company in the country offering that. Specialists in the auto industry see self-driving cars another decade, maybe even two in the future. But Tesla Motors isn’t willing to wait that long and is fitting its cars with everything they need to work in driverless mode.

All Tesla Cars Will Have Self-Driving Capability

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was the one to make the announcement about the future self-driving capability of the cars. This is going to be available not just for the Model S or Model X, but for the Model 3 sedan as well. With a price tag of $35,000, the Model 3 sedan is the car that is going to take Tesla Motors mass-market. It represents Elon Musk’s ambition to make an electric car that is affordable and still has the latest technology.

CEO Elon Musk said that from now on Tesla cars are going to have “the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver.” That represents Level 5 autonomy, the most comprehensive level of self-driving capability in a car. Other car companies as well as tech companies are working on this goal for cars. Companies like Google, Ford and Volvo are all competing against one another to deliver such a car to the market. But these companies have all given conservative estimates for the completion of their projects. They say they will be ready to mass produce these self-driving cars by 2021. But Tesla Motors doesn’t want to wait that long.

Car Company Waiting on Regulators

The cars are going to be equipped with the hardware for self-driving mode. But that will not be operational yet. Elon Musk didn’t specify when the technology would be consumer-ready. But he did say that a lot about when the technology can be rolled out depends on the regulators. Self-driving cars are going to have to adhere to regulatory measures. Here, regulators have been caught off guard as the measures simply are not ready yet.

“It’s not up to us, it’s up to the regulators, and we hope things don’t become balkanized and different in every state.”

Said Elon Musk.

The CEO of Tesla Motors also said that regarding regulation a lot is going to go down to what the public as well the regulators think is appropriate. In the meantime, the system is going to operate in “shadow mode”. That means that it is going to be on as the driver is driving the car and collect data. That data will help show where the software would have taken action or not.

This self-driving feature entails eight surround cameras that can provide 360-degree visibility for up to 250 meters. Also, there are 12 ultrasonic sensors that can detect hard as well as soft objects.

“It’s all Tesla Vision software, we’re not using any third party software for the vision procession. It’s our neural net.”

Said Elon Musk.

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