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Tesla Motors plans to develop an autonomous vehicle in the following three years, joining tech giant Google, according to CEO Elon Musk.

Tesla’s autonomous vehicle will offer drivers’ the possibility to let 90% of the car’s control to be taken by the vehicle’s computer system. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that fully autonomous vehicles take longer to be developed.

The vehicle will be developed using only Tesla technology. The automaker is currently looking to hire an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Controls Engineer, who will have a great contribution in helping Tesla in its “effort to pioneer fully automated driving.”

But until we’ll see such vehicles on the roads, safety and legal issues must be overcome. The current EU laws call for drivers to be in control of their vehicles at all times. It is still not sure whether the car insurance industry will back autonomous vehicles until the technology will be proven.

Tesla’s three-year timeline is quite ambitious taken into consideration that analysts predict that it will take between 10 and 15 years until self-driving vehicles will become legal. Daimler and Nissan hope to begin selling their autonomous vehicles by the end of the decade.

In 2012 California Governor Jerry Brown has given a law which allows Google to tests its autonomous vehicles on the state’s roads.

Source: Reuters