Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, said the company is considering driverless technology and discussing prospects for the systems with Google. Musk believes that these technologies that can take over for drivers is the next step in the evolution of cars. However, he believes these applications to be more like an airplane’s autopilot system than an actual driverless system.
Tesla Motors is considering using this technology in its vehicles as regulators, and other automakers figure out when and how it can be used to increase driver safety and convenience. “I like the word autopilot more than I like the word self-driving. Self-driving sounds like it’s going to do something you don’t want it to do. Autopilot is a good thing to have in planes, and we should have it in cars,” said Musk in a recent interview.
Global automakers, as well as regulators, have said that self-driving technology may not be implemented in vehicles for another decade, which is twice as long as what Google believes. However, the system may be too expensive. Musk says that the sensor system Google is currently using costs too much, when it’s better to have cameras with software able to figure out what’s happening just by looking.
Along with the high cost of the self-driving technology, Musk is trying to lower the base price of the Tesla Model S from $69,000 to $30,000 within the next few years. “I think Tesla will most likely develop its own autopilot system for the car, as I think it should be camera-based, not Lidar-based. However, it is also possible that we do something jointly with Google,” commented Musk.
Source: Automotive News