Fully autonomous vehicles may still technically be on the horizon, but according to CEO Elon Musk, Tesla's dominance of the market is already'game, set, and match.' In an interview with MIT researcher, Lex Fridman, Musk claims that the company should achieve its quest for fully autonomous vehicles in as little as six months, and at the most, in one year. As reported by Ars Technica, Musk said that the vehicles could come to fruition'maybe even toward the end of this year,' adding, 'I'd be shocked if it's not next year at the latest.' Tesla CEO Elon Musk says fully autonomous vehicles are around the corner, but agggresive estimates have drawn criticism from industry experts. While Musk's claims that Tesla will be delivering the world's first fully autonomous vehicles on an expedited timeline, the forecast has raised the eyebrows of industry skeptics who say the company's overblown projections constitute false advertising at best.
Driverless cars are at least a decade away as the machines remain vulnerable to hacking, industry experts say. Further major problems are presented from the highly advanced technology to provide a car with the artificial intelligence required to drive as well as a human. The news comes after Tesla boss Elon Musk held his first Autonomy Day with investors this week, claiming he would have fully self-driving cars on the road by 2020. The UK government have also said they want self-driving cars within two years. The Tesla Model Y is unveiled at Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne on March 14, 2019 Tesla said their computer is low cost and low power, as well as'straightforward and simple.'
Ford said it would invest $4 billion through 2023 in its newly formed autonomous vehicle unit, Ford Autonomous Vehicles, as it looks to produce self-driving cars in the next three years. The No. 2 U.S. automaker said the new unit would include self-driving systems integration, autonomous vehicle research and advanced engineering. It will go up against Google parent Alphabet's Waymo, Uber, Tesla and doxens of other into the lucrative market. Ford recently announced a collaboration with Miami-Dade County in Florida to test its self-driving vehicle business model on the streets of Miami and Miami Beach. The No. 2 U.S. automaker said the new unit would include self-driving systems integration, autonomous vehicle research and advanced engineering.
A new video shows Tesla's full self-driving technology out in the wild. In the nearly two-minute clip, a Tesla can be seen stopping at intersections, driving down highways and suburban roads, navigating exit ramps and changing lanes, all without the driver ever touching the wheel. The vehicle travels at about 45 miles per hour on average throughout the clip and is even able to put itself in park when it finishes navigating the route. The video comes after Elon Musk on Monday talked up Tesla's progress in bringing fully autonomous vehicles to the masses at the company's Autonomy Day. According to Musk, every Tesla has the hardware necessary to carry out full self-driving like what is shown in the video.
General Motors's Cadillac outscored Tesla in a new ranking of partially automated driving systems tested by Consumer Reports, The highly influential nonprofit organization, which tests and rates a variety of consumer products from mattresses and baby food to vehicles, said it compared Cadillac's Super Cruise and Tesla's Autopilot with similar systems from Nissan and Volvo Car. It ranked the Cadillac system as top, followed by Tesla, Nissan and Volvo. Testers said Cadillac's Super Cruise system'does the best job of balancing high-tech capabilities with ensuring that the car is operated safely and that the driver is paying attention'. 'Easy to engage Tesla's Autopilot and clear to drivers whether the system is on or off' 'In Consumer Reports' first-ever ranking of partially automated driving systems, Cadillac's Super Cruise was top-rated because our testing shows it does the best job of balancing high-tech capabilities with ensuring that the car is operated safely and that the driver is paying attention,' it concluded. The results are a blow to Elon Musk's Tesla, which has prided itself on its technical innovation.