Elon Musk, Tesla Motor’s founder, predicts that autonomous vehicles are coming faster than we are expecting and they will rule the roads.
Autonomous cars are coming and nothing will stop them, predicts Tesla Motors’ founder, Elon Musk. Tesla has already made a first step in this direction with its Autopilot system, which will allow the driver of a Model S or Model X SUV to cruise hands-free on highways. The Autopilot uses a front-side radar, a forward-looking camera, 12 long-range ultrasonic sensors positioned to sense 16 feet around the car in every direction at all speeds, and a high-precision, digitally-controlled electric assist braking system. Elon Musk said than within 15 to 20 years, it would become “quite unusual to see cars that don’t have full autonomy”. He anticipates that in the future the autonomous cars will become the norm and vehicles that will not be able to switch into autonomous mode will be seen as inferior: “It will be like owning a horse. A great toy for playing around, but not something practical for everyday use.”
Not only Tesla is bringing autonomous concepts into the limelight. At the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan introduced the automaker’s Intelligent Drive System concept, a vehicle which offers full autonomy and a long-range battery drive system, which also anticipates a future Leaf model with autonomous capabilities. Ghosn believes Nissan will have a full autonomous city car by 2020, capable of going by itself in crowded cities. As a company being permanently in the public eye, everybody also has high expectations from Google in the future, as an innovator in autonomous driving systems and software. In addition, Toyota Motor recently announced that it will spend 1 billion dollars to form a research institute focused on artificial intelligence and robotics.
Via The Detroit Bureau