Tesla Motors will have full self-driving capabilities in 3-6 months: Musk
Elon Musk has informed that Tesla vehicles will be powered with full self-driving capabilities in 3-6 months. Tesla has emerged as market leader in electric vehicles and the company has managed many innovative features in its cars. Few months back, Tesla Motors added auto-pilot mode to its vehicles and the company has already gathered lot of interesting data after running it on many of its models. While other automobile manufacturers are planning to add self-driving features on their vehicles by year 2020, Musk is planning to launch this feature on Tesla vehicles in 3-6 months.
As per reports, the Society of Automotive Engineers has set five levels of self-driving capabilities in vehicles. The highest level means that the vehicle can self-drive in all conditions without any human input. The second-best level of self-driving capabilities need little input from drivers. Tesla Motors could achieve this level but Musk hasn’t clarified about the features that will be added to Tesla’s self-driving vehicles.
After keeping close watch on Tesla vehicles already powered by autopilot, the company has improved its autopilot functionality. While many automobile companies are ready with self-driving features, the major issue is safety of customer and keeping others on the road safe. Tesla could emerge as a leader in self-driving technology as Elon Musk said that Tesla vehicles will surely be having self-driving capabilities in six months.
According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as part of its investigation on the May 2016 fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S on Autopilot, these improvements on the software are effective and have already decreased Tesla’s car crash rate by 40 percent.
Gill Pratt, CEO of Toyota Research Institute said, "Every automaker is working to reach Level 5, where a car can drive fully autonomously under any traffic or weather condition in any place and at any time. This is a wonderful goal. However, none of us in the automobile or IT industries are close to achieving true Level 5 autonomy."
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