For many, the connected car that doesn’t require a driver is nothing but a faux, something impossible to bring to fruition. However, not every company believes this is the case and Tesla is one of them. The first self-driving car from Tesla is not too far away, and we can’t wait to see what it brings to the table.
In a recent TED Talk, the ever-boastful CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, made it clear that folks who drive the company’s cars will have the ability to sleep in their vehicle for an entire journey without ever needing to touch the steering wheel.
He claims a working self-driving car that’s ready for consumer consumption is just a mere two years away, which is quite surprising, to say the least. Furthermore, Musk went on to say the first public self-driving car test of a Tesla vehicle traveling from California to New York City will take place by the end of 2017.
“November or December of this year,” Musk bragged, “we should be able to go all the way from a parking lot in California to a parking lot in New York with no controls touched in the entire journey.”
Tesla’s self-driving car is smart
To make the idea even more appealing, Musk claims the car is capable of altering its route in real-time depending on the traffic. It can even handle having its destination changed on the fly, something we’d love to see happen before our very eyes.
Musk is making some big claims here that could either change the automotive industry in two years or mark a stain on his reputation. After all, we only have to look at Google and others who have been testing self-driving cars for a number of years, and yet, they are far from ready.
Tesla’s self-driving software is new, and we haven’t seen much of it in action. Because of this, it’s quite difficult to believe the company can iron out much of the kinks to have drivers take a nap during an entire trip in two years.
Then again, we can’t pretend as if autopilot doesn’t exist.
Autopilot a sign of things to come
If we look at what’s going on right now, it’s clear Tesla has the technology to make the self-driving car a force to be reckoned with. The company’s Autopilot feature found in its Model S and Model X line of vehicles is the closest thing to self-driving Tesla has ever brought to market.
Still, it’s not perfect, and even Elon Musk has made this clear in the past. However, with the amount of data collected by the Autopilot feature, Tesla could use it to keep up with companies already ahead of the game.