Here is a Tesla Self-Driving Automobile
Elon Musk: Self-Driving Tesla Model S Available by July 1, 2015
There’s been a flurry of news concerning Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] and its compulsive Tweeting CEO
Elon Musk these past couple of weeks, and it looks like the pace of news isn’t about to slow anytime soon.
Today, we have details about new self-driving features coming to the Model S.
Last fall, Tesla announced an "Autopilot" feature that provided the Model S with some basic self-driving
functions, such as being able to read speed signs and make lane changes. Eventually, the Autopilot will
be enhanced via software updates to give the Model S self-driving capability on the highway from on-ramp
to off-ramp, though there’s been no mention of a time frame for this—until now.
According to Musk, who thinks fully autonomous cars may one day lead to actual driving being
outlawed, a software update scheduled for release in about three months will enable the Model S to
handle highways and major roads by itself. Speaking in a conference call, he said that the self-driving
technology was technically capable of handling urban areas, though he said Tesla will disable the
Autopilot in these situations, citing safety concerns.
"It is technically capable of going from parking lot to parking lot," Musk said. "But we won't be enabling
that for users with this hardware suite, because we don't think it's likely to be safe in suburban
neighborhoods." Issues he noted included a lack of posted speed limit signs and obstacles such as
children playing on the road.
During the call, Musk also revealed that the Autopilot feature will allow a Model S to be summoned by the
driver via smart phone or told to go park itself. That feature will be allowed only on private property for
These features will be offered through a firmware update version 7.0. In the coming weeks, Tesla will
release firmware update 6.2 that aims to help deal with range anxiety in addition to offering improved
accelerator and brake feel, a new 155 mph top speed for the Model S P85D, and some new safety features,
like automatic emergency braking and blind-spot warning.
The Tesla all-electric car eliminates the need for:
A transmission hump
A drive shaft hump
Oil for lubrication of ICEngine
Oil pan leaks on your garage floor
Concern about head gaskets and their maintenance
Timing chain failure and need to replace on a maintenance schedule
Exhaust pipes complicated and unique to each model car
People stealing catalytic converters to obtain the platinum
Spark plug wires
Ignition coils. Individual ignition coils on eash cylinder. Can cost $500 to have dealer replace even if
the car's computer tells exactly what is wrong and which cylinder. (My own experience.)
Fuel injectors or carburetors
Gasoline, the danger of ethanol in the gas damaging your engine.
Anti-freeze for gasoline to prevent gas-line freeze up in winter
Water in gas if you leave the car sit and gas tank picks up condensation.
Carburetor gum up and needing cleaning.
Street sweepers collecting the platinum.
Brakes are seldom used so brake service should be seldom.