Tesla aims to beat Mercedes, Nissan and other manufacturers to developing autonomous-drive cars
Darren Moss
19 September 2013

Tesla will aim to introduce autonomous-drive cars by 2016.

Chief executive Elon Musk told the Financial Times that Tesla would aim to cover 90 per cent of driven miles autonomously "within three years".

Tesla is reportedly choosing to develop its own autonomous technology in-house rather than working with an aftermarket-developed system. 

The company has already started advertising for engineers to help with the project, with a role on the company's website decribed as "responsible for developing vehicle-level decision-making and lateral and longitudinal control strategies for Tesla’s effort to pioneer fully automated driving".

Mercedes-Benz and Nissan are among a number of other manufacturers developing autonomous drive. Both companies aim to have the technology in their cars by 2020.

Volvo is also working on autonomous drive systems, but says that more advanced aspects of the technology won't be seen for up to ten years.

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Driverless cars are already being tested on UK roads, but so far trials have only taken place on private land. 

Public trials have already taken place in the US.

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19 September 2013

I bet you the Tesla Engineers were delighted to hear what their CEO had unilaterally decided on the spot while being interviewed.

19 September 2013

Can't wait for the 'how much?!' moment after putting one of these things in a car insurance comparison website.
Just what insurance company in their right mind would take one of these on, or will the on-board processor be considered less of a risk than the one between the ears of your average zit faced teenager?

19 September 2013

.....creating a Transformer.
He seems to put into practice, what we have all doodled, on the margins of our text books at school, and who know's what will come form his mind next.

How about making a suit, that flys and can give you otherwordly powers..............or is that the President of the United States?

19 September 2013

Will it know where to park itself too!

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

19 September 2013

Who will want to own a car that drives itself, or more importantly want to buy one with their own money?
Driving I feel is, like sex, far better experienced as a participant than as a spectator.

maxecat

19 September 2013

... for keen drivers since the young and ballsy Mr Musk puts his money where his mouth is unlike the ageing, hapless and tricksy leadership of some rival car makers who are too cynical to do just that.
If he says he's gonna do it - then he'll most probably find a way to do it. So not a good news for those like myself who get a kick out of driving - track or road.

19 September 2013

There is time and place for this. If it is a nice empty country lane great but stuck in commuter traffic great press the home button sit back and read auto car. Even better send the car out to drop off and pick up the kids. While i was looking at investments they highlited this as a huge risk to insurance company's follow the logic and the car manufactures become liable and have to underight and accidents approach zero. Anyone holding car insurance company shares long term should think again.

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