Tesla Motors would launch fully driverless vehicles to battle with Google and other companies in the industry.
Tesla Motors would be launching a product to ease the difficulties of drivers. The electric carmaker aims to manufacture fully driverless vehicles to battle with Google, Tesla’s CEO and founder Elon Musk disclosed. He tweeted on November 20, stating that the automaker was “ramping up the Autopilot software team at Tesla to achieve generalized full autonomy”. The company’s Autopilot application, which was introduced in October, equips automobiles with partial autonomous technology.
Tesla currently intends to manufacture fully autonomous automobiles with the application, battling with major vehicle makers and Google who have begun experimenting with driverless technologies. Mr. Musk stated that he would personally hire new staff to extend Tesla’s Autopilot group, adding that pioneering driverless equipment was utmost priority.
“We are looking for hardcore software engineers. No prior experience with cars required,” he stated. He further added, “Should mention that I will be interviewing people personally and Autopilot reports directly to me. This is super high priority.” With the current Autopilot feature, vehicles are able to operate in their own track, maintain a gap between themselves and other automobiles, and switch over lanes automatically. Apart from this, the automobile would gather information from operator’s habits.
“Tesla’s Autopilot is a way to relieve drivers of the most boring and potentially dangerous aspects of road travel – but the driver is still responsible for, and ultimately in control of the car,” the Californian organization elaborated by giving a statement.
Tesla Motors news revealed that according to Musk, in the upcoming times, the Autopilot feature could also be used by owners to instruct their vehicles to come and pick them up. Although existing laws regulating the safety of roads mean that the technology could not be utilized on public streets, owners could employ it on private land.
Tesla Model SD – an innovation made to the Model S lineup – has proved to be the first vehicle equipped with an Autopilot. The system includes sensors that are capable of detecting possible collision risks, and front mounted camera that could detect pedestrians and road features.
Nevertheless, the South African born entrepreneur’s enterprise is not the only organization betting on autonomous vehicles’ future. Tesla news disclosed that Google’s car was declared completely functional last year, and the search engine giant was lately given a patent for techniques that could be employed by its driverless cars to converse with pedestrians, including robotic features.
Volvo has also pioneered prototype of a vehicle that would let drivers abandon control when they feel bored during their journey and Vision Tokyo of Mercedes Benz is a driverless concept automobile for “young, urban trendsetters”. Although CEO Musk holds the belief that very driverless vehicles are at least three years away, he has also recommended that vehicles operated by human beings would be declared illegal when driverless automobiles have proved to be much safer.