San Francisco: The latest Tesla self-driving car will feature eight cameras, a faster radar and an Nvidia Titan processor, the car will be able to make a complete trip across United States without human input.
The CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk has announced that the new Tesla models will be completely self-driven as they are installed with hardware that enables them to do so.
The new system is already being installed in both the Model S and Model X electric cars, the new system consists of 12 updated sensors, faster processing radars and eight cameras, however the software is still under testing phase and will be installed once ready.
Safety regulators had started an investigation regarding the death of a person who was using the existing self-driving system in May of this year.
The original makers of the autopilot system have stopped selling it to Tesla stating that the company was not using the system for intended purpose and that Tesla is “pushing the envelope” of safety.
German authorities have stopped Tesla from using the autopilot branding.
However, according to Elon Musk the new Tesla model will be capable of driving from New York to Los Angeles without even a single input by a human driver, he said the new model is expected to be released by the end of 2017.
He also said that previous models of Tesla would not self-drive but improvements will continue to be made on them even without the extra sensors and cameras.
Although Elon Musk is claiming that the new Tesla model will be twice as safe as the previous models but it is yet to be seen how the latest self-driving cars will be greeted by the safety regulators.
According to some experts Tesla’s hardware could become obsolete as rival carmakers can come up with better technology as Tesla has decided not to use Lidar laser-based sensors which most of the experts believe is must for autonomous cars.
Elon Musk has been trying to increase the interest of investors for the past few months and the latest announcements about Tesla’s self-driving cars are made for the same purpose as the company’s stock price has fallen.
During the next 12 months Tesla is expected to raise more funds from capital markets.
Electric cars are undoubtedly the future of automobile industry, countries like Japan has now more electric charging points in the country then the usual petrol filling points. Electric cars of hybrid electric cars are more affordable and are way more environmental friendly.