A car is a machine. You are the god. But today is the day autonomous (or self-driving) cars are seriously catching up, making it possible to legally allow an autopilot system to take over control of the car.
Imagine you have a car, you drive it everyday. One fine morning your car is ready to automatically drive, just like that. Over a software update. That is exactly what Tesla, the Apple of automobiles, is planning to do with Model S.
The Tesla Model S has been well regarded as a techy’s dream: everything from the automatically retracting door handles to the huge touchscreen that dominates the dash. Its a full electric car with technology packed into from every angle. And this car, with a software update will be able to drive all by itself (atleast on highways).
Autonomous cars have been under testing by companies from all over the world. Today, the technology is so developed that cars can literally drive themselves on most roads, in urban areas and in various weather conditions. We have seen some semi-autonomous vehicles already on the road, but the real technology of ‘not needing to drive’ hasn’t yet come to mass production.
Tesla though, wants to be ahead in the competition. With this software update (update 7.0) coming by summer, Tesla Model S owners can leave the wheel while driving on highways. They are still the “drivers” and are required to pay attention to the road, but the car will drive itself from off the ramp to on the ramp. Moreover, any accident that may occur due to the autopilot system will legally be the drivers fault. All this shows that the system isn’t perfect although Tesla wants to slowly start releasing it to the public.
With this news, we can be sure Tesla is working on more advanced autonomous vehicles coming soon to fight the upcoming competition. I can assure you that automobiles of the future will drive itself, revolutionising how we travel and use our vehicles. The game has already begun.
Read more about the Model S in a previous blog post.