Wed, Aug 19, 2015 12:11 PM
We at Motordepot are very much looking forward to the day when we can sell "driverless cars".
Well, after the recent announcement from electric carmaker Tesla Motors, that day may be sooner than we all thought!
Yes, Tesla has suddenly launched a ground-breaking software update for its existing cars enabling them to have an "autopilot" mode, which is already being billed as an exciting precursor to fully driverless cars.
Though not yet quite self-driving, the new technology means that the Model S and new Model X can "automatically steer down the highway, change lanes and adjust speed in response to traffic."
The software update is available in North America imminently and will be rolled out across other regions in the next couple of weeks, pending regulatory approval.
According to chief executive Elon Musk, the software behind Telsa's autopilot mode uses a combination of cameras, radar, ultrasonic sensors and mapping data to determine its position and navigate.
When the car has arrived at its destination, it is even able to scan for an available space and park itself!
However, Must has been quick to stress that users should "exercise caution" whilst using the new software and that the driver cannot "abdicate responsibility", though he added, "that day will come."
Earlier this year, the noises coming out of the Frankfurt Motor Show were that fully driverless cars would be all over the world by 2025.
But, following this development from Tesla and with news that Google's entirely self-driving car has clocked up over a million miles on public roads, some industry analysts are now predicting 2021.