On Wednesday, Tesla Motors announced that their selection of cars will be the first chosen to have acquired a new hardware that allows their cars to drive themselves. You are no longer operating the vehicle your children are riding in, Siri is.
This new hardware has been tested and apparently operates better than your average driver. Although there have been a few accidents, CEO Elon Musk ensures that the product is life proof.
“It’s all Tesla Vision software, we’re not using any third party software for the vision procession,”
Musk said on a conference call with USA Today reporters.
The method of self-driving has been very popular over the last couple of years; but like all machines, they do have flaws. An operating system might not be able to dodge a bag of trash in the middle of the highway going 40 mph. Those are instincts only we humans possess.
Not only is the perfection of self-driven cars a myth, but who’s to blame in light of an accident, Tesla Motors? Insurance claims are going to sky rocket because Siri thought you said left instead of right.
In all seriousness, these cars have eight cameras on them, and a radar system that provides data on surrounding vehicles.
“that the forward-facing radar with enhanced processing provides additional data about the world on a redundant wavelength, capable of seeing through heavy rain, fog, dust and even the car ahead”
All of that sounds great but does Teslas’ Autopilot have an I’m running late to work feature? 30 mph is going to cut it if I want to keep my job.
These self-driving cars are for the older generation. It’ll take a few decades for the operating system to be perfected. In my late 70s, I’ll be able to sit back in my Tesla 55 and finish my beloved crossword puzzles.