AUTOMATED VEHICLES: Tesla to wait on activating system in fully self-driving cars

While fully autonomous driving technology will be installed in all its vehicles, the company is awaiting futher testing of the system to start it up

Autonomous Vehicle Systems News The New York Times October 20, 2016
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While fully autonomous driving technology will be installed in all its vehicles, the company is awaiting futher testing of the system to start it up

Tesla Motors said on Wednesday that it would equip all of its new vehicles with technology that enables fully autonomous driving, but would not activate the system until it undergoes further testing.

 

In a blog post, the maker of electric cars said the new hardware included cameras, sensors and radars that allow the vehicles to operate without a human driver.

 

The company said the technology would be installed in all of its models, including the much-anticipated Model 3 sedan, which is expected to reach the United States market next year.

 

Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk, had been hinting in recent weeks that the company was eager to improve upon its existing Autopilot feature, which assists drivers rather than controls the vehicle entirely.

 

But the company now appears to be moving beyond systems that assist human drivers, to newer technology that enables fully autonomous driving.

 

The Tesla blog post said that although the hardware would be installed in all new vehicles, the fully autonomous driving system would not be enabled until more testing was performed.

 

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