Tesla is quickly becoming a frontrunner when it comes to innovation in the automotive industry, and having just released a video demonstration of their new fully autonomous car, it’s a pattern that seems likely to continue.
The video released on Thursday opens with a simple statement:
“The person in the driver’s seat is only there for legal reasons. He is not doing anything. The car is driving itself.”
The footage then shows Tesla’s fully autonomous car comfortably managing country roads, busy intersections, traffic lights, cramped carparks and speedy highways without a single mistake.
While the footage is sped up slightly for the convenience of the viewer, it’s clear that the car is travelling at the same speed as other cars on the road, further demonstrating how comfortably the autonomous car deals with the drive.
The video follows Tesla’s announcement on Wednesday that all future cars produced by the manufacturer will feature “the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver”. This technology is the company’s next step up from their previous “Autopilot” feature added to their last batch of cars.
The ‘hardware’ would include a total of 8 on-board cameras, giving a 360° view of the area around the car, a built-in radar (which would come into play more when visibility is reduced) and a new computer which Tesla claims has “40 times the computing power of its previous model and runs a Tesla-developed ‘neural net’” to process all data sent from the car’s sensors.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk then took to Twitter to release more details. He noted the car’s ability to read parking signs and process decisions such as avoiding disabled spaces. “When searching for parking, the car reads the signs to see if it is allowed to park there, which is why it skipped the disabled spot.” said Musk.
He also said drivers can remotely communicate with their car via an app: “When you want your car to return, tap Summon on your phone. It will eventually find you even if you are on the other side of the country.”
It certainly seems that Tesla is paving the way to our 80’s vision of the future! Who knows how long it could be until we see UK roads filled with fully autonomous cars! Remember, we buy any autonomous car too!