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

|By:, SA News Editor

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.

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