In an age where technology overruns nearly every aspect of our lives, the autonomous car is poised to take position as the next big tech innovation in the auto industry. Google, Mercedes-Benz, and even Stanford University have all fiddled with the idea in the past, but none of them have been able to come up with a solid structure to get these vehicles out on the road, and into consumer hands.
That’s where Tesla comes in. In a recent Reuters report, the automaker dished out a more detailed plan to make mainstream the autonomous vehicle in its lineup by sometime around 2016. Musk — Tesla CEO and the man behind the idea — gave more of an in-depth look at just what such a vehicle would entail.
As of now, Musk says that only about 90 percent of the vehicle will be fully autonomous. The other 10 percent still relying on the know-how of the driver. Most of which, we assume, would be starting, stopping and minor adjustments to the vehicle while on the road.
Tesla opted for this semi-autonomous route rather than fully-autonomous due to the simple fact that production would be much quicker compared to time frames other automakers had stated previously regarding their autonomous adventures (about 10-15 years). We don’t doubt though that, with success of a semi-autonomous vehicle, a fully-autonomous one would be too far off in the Tesla lineup.
Pending a few legal hurdles and some consumer convincing, we fully expect Tesla to be filling the streets with these cognitive cars within the next few years.