Tesla Motors Autopilot Feature Previews Driverless Future
Tesla Motors' Autopilot data previews suggest that the company's first step toward self-driving is already significantly reducing accidents on the highway. In these circumstances, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is confident in a path toward the future of autonomous driving.
Electric-car maker Tesla is focusing just as heavily on driverless cars as it is on fully electric cars. This is also illustrated by the aggressive rollout of its Autopilot. The system includes both automatic lane changes and automatic steering, according to The Motley Fool.
Tesla is placed far ahead of its competition in automatic driving with these two features combined. But in order to move closer to fully driverless technology, the company will need to prove with data that the new technology is improving its safety.
Tesla is already gathering some impressive data on the safety of its Autopilot system. According to a new comment via InsideEVs from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Autopilot really makes a difference.
The 7.1 software update allows for Tesla to begin making a compelling case that its driverless-like features are superior to human drivers. And it seems now that the company has reached that point when it is able to make those arguments about Autopilot's enhanced safety.
While discussing driverless technology with Norway Minister of Transport and communications Ketil Solvik-Olsen, Musk declared that Tesla's Autopilot is significantly reducing accidents. According to the data accumulated so far, with Autopilot on the probability of having an accident is 50 percent lower.
Positive customer feedback about Autopilot and safety data like this made Musk to predict during the Norway interview that people will learn "surprisingly quickly" to trust driverless technology. Tesla autonomous cars with a next-generation suite of Autopilot hardware will be tested across the country in a little as two years, according to Musk.
However, not everyone is as optimistic about Tesla's autonomous driving technology as the company's CEO. According to ZDNet, one Volvo engineer believes that the Autopilot automatic driving technology is not worth the hype and it is no more than a "wannabe."
Senior technical leader of crash avoidance at Volvo Trent Victor dismissed Tesla's technology in a recent interview with The Verge. According to him, the hype around the system is not necessarily deserved, since the technology is not being truly self-driving.
Faraday Future To Build 10,000 Cars Per Year In New Hanford Factory
Faraday Future has leased a former tire plant in Hanford, California.
Tesla Model 3 Delivery Started, 30 Telsa Employees First To Get Hands On
Tesla Model 3 deliveries started on July 28 and 30 employees from Telso got the car keys.
Elon Musk Reveals First Images Of Tesla Model 3 Production Unit On Twitter
Elon Musk showed off the very first Tesla Model 3 unit on Twitter and Instagram.
Tesla Model 3 Hits Production This Week, First Car To Be Delivered This Month
The Model 3 will be priced around $35,000. Elon Musk envisions it reaching a much wider range of customers and has said he expects it to push Tesla’s output to 500,000 cars a year in 2018.
BMW Is Set To Unveil Its Tesla Model 3 Competitor In September
Elon Musk has said that the entry-level Model 3 will cost $35,000. While a BMW Series-3 vehicle can be had for as little as $33,000. That said, if BMW’s entry-level can compete with the Model 3 on features and on specs.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
Mobile Phone App Designed to Boost Physical Activity in Women Shows Promise in Trial
Activity trackers and mobile phone apps are all the rage, but do they really help users increase and maintain physical activity? A new study has found that one mobile phone app designed for inactive women did help when combined with an activity tracker and personal counseling.
AI and High-Performance Computing Extend Evolution to Superconductors
Materials by design: Argonne researchers use genetic algorithms for better superconductors.
Owners of thoroughbred stallions carefully breed prizewinning horses over generations to eke out fractions of a second in million-dollar races. Materials scientists have taken a page from that playbook, turning to the power of evolution and artificial selection to develop superconductors that can transmit electric current as efficiently as possible.