Elon Musk Said That Tesla Cars Can Self-Drive By 2018

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Elon Musk is known for incredible things. Recently he predicted Tesla cars may be can self- drive until 2018.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration delineates five levels of vehicle automation. At zero, the driver has complete control of the vehicle; at four, the vehicle has control of all functions, including whether or not the driver is even in the car at the time. Level four is Musk’s ultimate aim.  Tesla cars can self-drive by 2018 02 A clear competitor to the likes of Google, who have their own self-driving car with its own moral and technological complexities, Musk hopes that his car will be the leader in this currently fairly niche field. “I actually think, and I might be slightly optimistic on this, within two years you’ll be able to summon your car from across the country,” he said, as reported by the Guardian.

Summon,” as the recall feature is known, can be activated from the car key in your pocket. Previously a feature that just allowed the car to park itself, with or without a passenger, Musk predicts that Summon will be updated enough in the next two years that it will be able to essentially home in on your position from anywhere in the country. Tesla cars can self-drive by 2018 01At this point, you may be wondering how the electric cars charge themselves throughout their epic cross-country journeys, but Musk has a solution, stating that this is what those eerie metallic snakes unveiled last year are for. These chrome-colored tubes will automatically home in on the car’s charge point, plug themselves in, and within moments the car is good to go. According to Musk, the Tesla will be able to do all this itself by 2018.

On the phone to reporters, Musk confessed his predictions may have been somewhat optimistic, but he is nonetheless confident that a simple software update and the proliferation of the charging snakes across the country is all that’s required. “We do need more sensors than the car currently has to achieve that goal,” he said.