Elon Musk, the CEO of Telsa Motors (and SpaceX), unveiled the new Tesla Motors S, which incorporates autopilot, a technology new to cars. Autopilot doesn’t offer a full hands-off experience, but rather one “..where there is still an expectation that there will be a pilot.”
While this is a great step towards autonomy, Elon came out to say that “Maybe five or six years from now I think we’ll be able to achieve true autonomous driving where you could literally get in the car, go to sleep and wake up at your destination.” He went on to say that it will likely take some additional years before regulators sign off on the technology.
This will provide the ability for passengers to fully relax for their ride, and will require no more interaction then specifying a location. It will also add a whole new level to pranking your drunk friend – sticking him in the car and sending him across county.
The Telsa S does have some really cool features however, such as keeping your car in the lane, avoiding obstacles, changing lanes, and monitoring your speed.
Obviously Google has been hard at work on their own driverless car. Here are some details on their Toyota Prius model.