Vehicle autonomy is a trend that’s proceeding in parallel with electrification, so it’s no surprise to learn that Tesla is working on the technology. This week, Elon Musk outlined an ambitious plan, saying that the company hopes to produce a car that can run on “auto-pilot” within the next three years.
Tesla’s autonomous car will allow the driver to hand 90 percent of the control of the car over to the vehicle’s computer system, Musk said in an interview with the Financial Times.
The self-driving car will be developed in-house, said Musk. Tesla’s job board currently has a post for an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Controls Engineer, who will be responsible for helping “Tesla’s effort to pioneer fully automated driving,” and Musk used twitter to promote the new job openings.
As usual, Tesla’s timeline is more ambitious than those of other carmakers. Daimler and Nissan have said they hope to be selling self-driving cars by the end of the decade. Google has already tested several fully automated cars, and many high-end models now offer semi-autonomous features such as parking assistance and adaptive cruise control.
Source: Reuters, Financial Times