All new Tesla models will be ‘fully self-driving’, Elon Musk promises
The self-driving car revolution could be arriving a bit sooner than people anticipated - as Tesla’s Elon Musk has revealed that all new models will be capable of ‘full’ self-driving.
Musk said that by the end of 2017, drivers should be able to go from Los Angeles to New York ‘without touching’ the wheel.
The company’s Model S and Model X electric cars are being made with hardware to enable the new self-driving system - including updated sensors, faster radar and eight new cameras.
The self-driving software itself is still under test, and will be installed once ready.
Tesco’s previous ‘Autopilot’ system faced controversy earlier this year over what is believed to be the first fatal crash caused by a self-driving car.
Joshua Brown, 40, died in his Tesla Model S after colliding with a lorry - while using the car’s ‘autopilot mode’.
Tesla’s autopilot mode allows the car to change lanes and react to traffic without input from the driver.
Tesla said at the time, ‘This is the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles where Autopilot was activated.
‘Among all vehicles in the US, there is a fatality every 94 million miles. Worldwide, there is a fatality approximately every 60 million miles.’