Tesla to finish developing its self-driving car within three years

Article by Christian A., on September 19, 2013

Tesla Motors expects to finish developing its self-driving car within three years, according to CEO Elon Musk. The electric car company is on a race against rival automakers as well as Google Inc. to offer a driverless car. When interviewed by the Financial Times newspaper, Musk said that the computer system of Tesla’s car takes 90% of the control of this car and that it will take longer to develop fully autonomous cars

Musk also said that technology used on Tesla’s car will be developed in-house and won’t be from another company. Tesla has a job post online for an advanced driver assistance systems controls engineer, who will be tasked to aid in "Tesla's effort to pioneer fully automated driving."

But before cars on auto-pilot can be allowed on the road, there are legal and safety issues that must be resolved on top of the technical challenges.

Tesla’s time frame of three years for its car is more ambitious than what other automakers and analysts have claimed. Some analysts believe that self-driving cars will be realized only after 10 to 15 years.

Both Daimler and Nissan assert that their self-driving cars will go on sale by the end of the decade. Daimler already has technology for partly automated driving like traffic jam assistance in its top-line 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which can keep the distance from other cars in stop-and-go scenarios.

Google has installed radar-like equipment on cars that allows them to navigate roads in California and Nevada. Last year, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that permitted Google to test its self-driving cars on the road.

Tesla’s Model S is the first completely electric sedan and is a revolution in engineering an automobile. Integrating safety, efficacy, and performance, it has retuned everyone's expectations for a 21st century vehicle with the best safety ratings possible, the longest reach of any electric automobile, and wireless updates to software to improve it continuously.

Tesla Architecture

Using the Tesla platform, the battery is located on the floor to give the Model S a tremendously low centre of gravity, immensely lowering the risk of rolling over, while also augmenting operation and response. If you take the engine out, the Model S has a much bigger crumple zone than other performance sedans. This enables the vehicle to absorb the energy from a front-end collision.

Safety

Tesla’s Model S is among the safest vehicles around. Much of this comes from the exceptional electric drivetrain located under the vehicle. The Model S has a low centre of gravity, lessening the risk of rollover. Its safety record is confirmed by its NHTSA and Euro NCAP five-star safety rating as well as by holding a record for the least likelihood of occupant injury during US testing.

As it comes standard with such active safety features as automatic emergency braking, collision warning, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, and available options like traffic-aware cruise control, autosteer, autopark, and summon, the Model S is truly one of the safest cars ever built.

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