Tesla CEO Announces Arrival of Autonomous Driving

Tesla CEO Announces Arrival of Autonomous Driving
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Tesla will soon introduce the concept of autonomous car driving, giving consumers a hands-free experience, CEO Elon Musk announced on Thursday.


Called Autopilot, the newest feature will be available to all Model S vehicles in three to four months. According to Engadget, Musk said one will be able to “go between San Francisco and Seattle without the driver doing anything.”

Realizing that such technology is illegal on most U.S. roads, Musk emphasized drivers will have to drive only along their private properties.

The technology was also created while keeping in mind its lack of safety in suburban neighborhoods.

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Musk also clarified, despite its characteristics, that the Autopilot will not have a complete self-driving feature. The Verge quoted him as saying, “There’s certainly an expectation that when autopilot on the Model S is enabled, that you’re paying attention. But it should also take care of you if you have moments of distraction.”

Despite how revolutionary Tesla’s idea might be, some experts have expressed their doubts over the concept of autonomous driving.

Karl Brauer, an analyst with Kelley Blue Book, was reported by The New York Times, saying, “There’s a reason other automakers haven’t gone there.

“Best case scenario, it’s unclear. If you’re an individual that starts doing it, you’d better hope nothing goes wrong.”

Brauer also said that states allowing driver-less cars do so solely for testing purposes.

“It’s not just a philosophical reason why automakers haven’t allowed their vehicles to drive themselves. There’s a legal reason, too.”

However, Alexis Georgeson, Tesla spokesman, emphasized that “nothing in our autopilot system that is in conflict with current regulations.

“We’re not getting rid of the pilot. This is about releasing the driver from tedious tasks so they can focus and provide better input,” she said.

As impressive as the concept of driver-less cars sounds, it does come with a drawback. Not only will they be restricted to highways, they will also need Tesla’s “optional tech” package, costing $4,250.

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