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Clear the highway, automakers looking at self-driving car concept

  • Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.6%) will develop a self-driving car within three years, according to CEO Elon Musk.
  • The exec sees the concept allowing 90% of the driving function to move to an on-board computer system in a development that could have broad implications for General Motors' (GM +1.3%) OnStar or even Apple if a standard industry-wide operating system is established.
  • While Daimler (DDAIF.PK), Nissan (NSANY.OB), and Audi (VLKAY.PK) are all dabbling with autonomous driving technology, Google is ahead of the game with real road tests taking place in Silicon Valley.
  • Previous on TSLA: Job posting tips off Tesla's plans for self-driving system.
  • Previous on self-driving: Open the car door HAL.
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  • howard.hyman
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    Perhaps Tesla should focus on implementing what it already has on the drawing board. This is a relatively small company with lots of large (read expensive) ideas.
    18 Sep 2013, 11:00 AM Reply Like
  • Yuro
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    Agree with that statement. Get some better batteries, release new cars, open new markets build more superchargers in the Chicago/Milwaukee/Indy area.


    When someone invents a machine to wash my clothes, well, that was a PITA, so I'll buy that.


    Wash my dishes and store the dirty ones off the counter? I'm in.


    Driving? Wait a minute. I LOVE DRIVING. I'd rather do it myself if you don't mind.
    18 Sep 2013, 11:31 AM Reply Like
  • Surf Dog
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    Tesla got where they are (Motor Trend Car Of The Year,etc., etc., etc., etc.) with their first production model by looking forward. Why would they stop now?
    18 Sep 2013, 11:45 AM Reply Like
  • azgog
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    Concentrate on the car, at least until self driving is proven by someone else. I predict problems (driver in back seat w/GF when needed) and liabilities.
    18 Sep 2013, 12:03 PM Reply Like
  • nd_grad
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    The GM self driving car crashes on a regular basis, but the government pays for all insurance and repairs


    The Apple car only works on roads designed by Apple, but they are really nicely designed


    The BMW self driving car limits user input and tells you where you want to go


    The Toyota car always gets you where you want to go, but handling throws you around a bit


    The Google self driving car starts our fast, but slows considerably as it allows its after market applications to consume all available resources


    The Mercedes car comes in pairs so one is available while the other self drives itself to the repair center
    18 Sep 2013, 12:56 PM Reply Like
  • antiguajohn
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    Hi nd_grad,


    Your line of reasoning seems vaugely familiar, like something I have heard before.


    Oh! I remember, being a lifelong SciFi aficionado, I was always told that it was impossible to send a rocket into space.


    And then they launched Sputnik.


    Wow 66 years later and the skeptics still haven't learned a thing:-(


    Best wishes,


    18 Sep 2013, 06:17 PM Reply Like
  • chfp
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    I for one welcome our self-driving robotic overlords.
    18 Sep 2013, 03:18 PM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    I trust them more than I trust human drivers ;-)
    18 Sep 2013, 07:03 PM Reply Like
  • Joe Dirnfeld
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    Self driving is pie in the sky, maybe assist driving we can achieve.
    18 Sep 2013, 04:00 PM Reply Like
  • chfp
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    Tell that to the Google car that's already logged over a million miles with no human intervention. Some people are just stuck looking backwards.
    19 Sep 2013, 10:56 PM Reply Like
  • Zelaza
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    " Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.6%) will develop a self-driving car within three years, according to CEO Elon Musk. "


    So now Tesla intends to develop a self driving car before they get the Gen III on the road. How many other projects will continue to pop up bumping the Gen III (aka Model S40 lite) further down the time road?
    18 Sep 2013, 04:29 PM Reply Like
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