It has always been clear from the word go that Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has something for automated driving. So far, several automation features have been added to the Model S sedan with information that the company’s releases will possibly be 90% automated in 2015.
Information coming out says that the company is adding more popular automation functions that include the ability of a car to keep to its lane.
The company is said to have set a date for next week to make an official announcement on the advances made so far. The company CEO, billionaire Ellon Musk threw his Twitter followers into a disarray when he tweeted that the company will be unveiling a “D and something else.”
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has been working on its luxurious Model S car towards making it automated, and the company has been giving out information on the progress in bits. Last month, the company made advances by adding cameras to the front end of the car. Simon Sproule, a company spokesman, said that the cameras will enable safety technology required by European regulators. The cameras, advanced sensors, and radar systems are some of the important features that any car would need towards automation.
It’s however not Tesla alone that’s venturing into automated driving as some other automakers such as Volkswagen AG, Daimler, Mercedes Benz, and Honda have also made arrays into the field.
It is clear from the progressive steps taken by Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) that it will be releasing updates based on new automation features added to the car.
Having automated cars on the road doesn’t just end with the making process as there are several regulations in place that require the automakers to acquire license and follow some guidelines. Audi is one such car that received a permit to test drive one of its robotically controlled cars in California.
Besides the licensing, some other questions are still being pondered over in readiness for the time when automated vehicles will be commercially available on public roads. What happens when a car knocks another car? Who’s responsible when an automated car his a human being? How about parking patterns; will the vehicles be able to self-pack? As people keep asking such questions, advancements are made towards finding solutions and clear answers.
General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) is another company which is working hard to improve its technıology for Automated Driving. General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) is planning to present its automated driving technology in 2016. Recently, Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), has said:
“I’m convinced customers will embrace (vehicle-to-vehicle) and automated driving technologies for one simple reason: they are the answer to everyday problems that people want solved.”
For full driving automation to be achieved, however, a lot still needs to be done. Things are however moving towards the right direction.
Thid article has been written by Victor Ochieng and edited by Serkan Unal.