Tesla To Introduce Partial Auto-Pilot Technology In 3 Years

3 years ago by Mike Anthony 23

Rendered Tesla Model III

Rendered Tesla Model 3

“Full auto-pilot capability is going to happen, probably, in the five or six-year time frame”

“The overall system and software will be programmed by Tesla, but we will certainly use sensors and subcomponents from many companies.”

Another rendering of the Model III.

Another rendering of the Model 3

States Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors in regards to an autonomous driving system.

The partial Auto-Pilot is claimed to be coming within 3 years, with full auto pilot within 5-6 years as Musk stated.

Musk wants toΒ add this partial Auto-Pilot in the upcoming Tesla Model 3, the mass-market electric vehicle that Tesla claims will sell for ~$35,000 dollars.

Musk further added:

“I think in the long term, all Tesla cars will have auto-pilot capability.”

Let us know your opinions/views on the auto-pilot technology in the comments below.Β  Do you think Tesla can keep the Model 3 price in check while still adding technology such as auto-pilot?

Source: Nikkei Asian Review

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23 responses to "Tesla To Introduce Partial Auto-Pilot Technology In 3 Years"

  1. Peder says:

    The BMW i3 (and many other cars) have partial auto pilot now. Why wait three years?

    1. MDEV says:

      What is the partial auto-pilot of the i3?

      1. just fyi says:

        In EU the i3 will fully control the vehicle up to 25 mph, that includes speed and steering. I believe it’s called “Traffic Assist” or something. We don’t get that in the the US.. most likely due to DOT approval.

      2. Peder says:

        self parking including autonomous steering, Adaptive cruise control which accelerates and brakes relative to the speed of the car in front of you, Pedestrian collision avoidance which will autonomously apply the brakes and prevent you or reduce the chance of you you hitting a pedestrian or bicyclist, and Collision avoidance which will autonomously apply the brakes avoiding or lessening a collision with the car in front or to the front side of you.

        In Europe as was already mentioned, steering at low speeds is also autonomous. I think our tort laws most likely made it impossible for BMW to use that in the US.

  2. 3 years planned plus 2 years delay.

  3. Zach says:

    The tesla motors forum is reporting that many of the new model s deliveries have sensors for lane departure in the front that are now active and new cruse control sticks that look like they will allow eventually for adaptive cruise control.

  4. Brian says:

    I’m glad they are working on the technology. This is necessary to remain competitive with others working on similar technology. However, the critical pieces of Model III are price and range. They really need to hit close to their targets of $35k / 200 miles to be successful. Everything else is gravy.

  5. GeorgeS says:

    Auto pilot tech is really of no interest to me.

    Just another electronic toy to jack up the margins on the car.

    Besides, the best part about an EV is driving it not letting a computer drive it for you.

    1. DaveMart says:

      Your auto poster is working so well though!

    2. scottf200 says:

      GS, this is not just about you tho. It is about reducing accidents, deaths, insurance cost, massive health cost in recover, etc etc … in an ever increasingly busy road and highway system.

      Not to mention how even minor accidents slow traffic to a standstill.

      1. pjwood says:

        I don’t think he was getting at collision-prevention, though that’s the hardware they are starting put on the lower front grill.

        What will be interesting is if Tesla carves an option out of what they are modestly releasing as speed assist (GPS enabled speed alerts) and lane departure. As these components are the spine of adaptive cruise and eventually auto-pilot, it remains to be seen how the bundle takes shape? Mercedes, etc. provide standard collission prevention, I believe? What will Tesla do? “Tech II”?

        1. Omar Sultan says:

          They have not made an official announcement, so its hard to tell, but so far, it seems like they just started adding the equipment (camera, front grill radar, sensors) to cars as a running change, no additional cost to the customer. My guess is it will be baked into the base price or made part of the tech package.

      2. James M says:

        But are the manufacturers spending billions in R&D on this for purely altruistic reasons? I suggest instead two reasons for all the recent hype and promotion: aging baby boomers with the largest purse strings will need help to live and “drive” much longer; manufacturers will be able to sell/pack more cars on the same roads while cities densify. It will take decades for what are only recently appearing premium active safety features (lane departure, auto stop, etc) to become the norm in base models. In the mean time, this evolving technology will be up-sold in the form of very profitable luxury upgrades.

  6. JRMW says:

    Keep it simple. Get a car on the lots as soon as possible that looks good, is fun to drive, has an AER of 200+ miles, and a starting price without upgrades at $35,000.

    NOTHING should be allowed to get in the way of this mission.

    Next get FWD or AWD options

    Auto pilot is fine. But not if it delays the project or increases the price

    ALL of Tesla’s resources should be focused on the above and batteries.

    1. Priusmaniac says:

      You just made the exact same comment I was about to do. So +1.

      1. Brian says:

        I also made a nearly identical (except for the AWD) comment above. I guess great minds think alike πŸ˜‰

    2. CD says:

      Exactly. Screw the autopilot, give me the Model 3 at $35,000 with a 200 mile range and I’ll pay extra for more range, but not autopilot.

  7. I want a Model 3 says:

    Tesla please bring the automatons πŸ™‚
    To me, it would be just fine if it manages long hwy distances in iteration 1. Just program the next exit where the Supercharger is located πŸ™‚ I don’t care about city driving although the potential to save on accidents, insurance and health costs is enormous.

    I hope everyone will soon “drive” in an autonomous car. In that way I can safely enjoy swerving in traffic on my motorcycle πŸ˜€

    1. Brian says:

      It’s people like you who give motorcyclists a bad name.

  8. ffbj says:

    Too far into the future for to me to comment on or speculate about. I am sure if I did it would be succinct, to the point, and highly accurate.

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  9. Mikael says:

    It’s very hard to make anything useful with this information.
    What is supposed to be included and possible in the partial auto-pilot?

    And what is the thought for the full auto-pilot, how autonomous will that one be?

    Right now they are far behind the competition in safety assist and driver assist features and other automatic features.
    So it will probably take at least 3 years to get close to catching up to the competition.

    But it will be interesting to see what the have for us in 8 years (5-6 years in Musk-time with the standard delay).

  10. david_cary says:

    Love all the pessimism….

    True autopilot driving is a huge game changer. Faster travel, lower energy consumption, and reduced death and disability.

    The “cost” of car accidents is something like $871 billion a year in the US alone. Nothing fixes that like removing human error.

    Hard to fathom removing $871 billion and what that is worth to Americans – in addition to arriving faster, using less energy, and most importantly, not losing independence with age.

    Then start imagining the car sharing options. You don’t need 1/3 the cars out there if you can just order one up to arrive in a few minutes with zero labor costs.

    It will be mandatory in my lifetime.