Niagara Gazette — Elon Musk is now after Google
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is using Twitter to hire engineers that will be tasked with developing an autopilot system expected to debut on the battery-powered Model S. Musk ambitiously hopes the technology will be ready for mass production in three years.
The yet-unnamed system is still at the embryonic stage of development but the CEO promises it will be capable of controlling the Model S in about 90 percent of driving situations. Musk predicts fully autonomous cars that require no driver input whatsoever would take longer to develop for a host of legal and technological reasons.
A company spokesperson confirmed the system is being developed in-house, putting an end to rumors of a tie-up between Tesla and Google in the field of self-driving cars. Similar to a plane’s autopilot system, Tesla’s technology will drive the car in everyday situations such as when cruising on the highway but it will require driver input in more complicated situations. A switch on the dashboard will enable the driver to turn autopilot on and off.
Tesla’s self-driving system might be the first on the market, but it will face stiff competition from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Nissan, General Motors, and components manufacturer Continental before the end of the decade.
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