Tesla Model III, Autonomy Converging

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Originally published on Tesla Mondo.

If Elon is right about full autonomy arriving in about three years — and supposedly he’s recalibrating his forecasts for better accuracy — this could mean:

screen-shot-2015-05-22-at-6-15-43-amWhen the Gig and Model III hit full song, the car will drive by itself using a million-mile powertrain, monitor its state of charge, find and occupy parallel parking spaces, seek out Superchargers, provide ongoing feedback for the Tesla fleet as a whole, park itself in a garage (or Supercharger) and plug itself in using one of those robotic snakes. Sounds like a car that Tesla and/or a Tesla owner could rent out.

And by then, some other cars might be “awake” to each other. A new proposal from the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee would give automakers green credits if they use advanced safety technology, such as vehicle-to-vehicle awareness and autopilot-like stuff, for vehicles built 2018 and beyond. Why the tie-in to green credits? Because connected cars get better MPG by keeping more constant speed, staying out of trouble that would cause accidents (and tie up traffic) and avoiding the “accordion effect” of scrunching up with other cars and then spreading out.

TeslaMondo has often berated legacy automakers for whining about MPG and emissions standards. Well, here’s an alternative way for them to earn extra credit and avoid flunking the course. The big beneficiary of such regulation: MBLY.

Here’s the proposal. Scroll WAY down.

Reprinted with permission.

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15 thoughts on “Tesla Model III, Autonomy Converging

  • HA HA HA HA! I’m correct again that Musk is making more alibis and asking at least another 3 years of delay. Of course the Tesla Fans remained hooked and are a-drooling from this, a tweet is all they need. Regardless, am still hoping that Tesla can deliver whatever, whenever… No need for alibis nor begging of accurate delays!

    • I thought you follow Tesla closely. When did Elon ever say full autonomy would be now? The timeframe has always been 2018-2025.

      • A year or two ago Elon said that they had 100% for under 25 MPH, as the ultrasonics would sense the situation and stop the car in time if there was a problem. Over 55 MPH on a controlled access highway is also good over 98% of the time. The problems are road construction, lack of visible lane markings, and the city driving that happens between 25 and 55 when weird things happen.

        He said that they can account for about 90% of those situations, but that there were some situations, which he called edge cases, where they were having a hard time determining exactly what should be done.

        Making the ‘auto-steer’ a learning tool for the software makes sense, as even after thirty years of driving I can find situations where I am not sure that I am doing the right thing behind the wheel.

    • that kind of attitude belongs in the kindergarten Marion..

    • Did Elon do something to you? Personally?

      • It happened in 2003. It was a surprisingly cool summer’s night in Barcelona………

    • HA HA HA. Marion displaying his ignorance to the world again.

    • Maybe you do not understand what “fans” are? And to be a fan is to by definition lose grip on reality. That being said as long also the car has processor and the hardware needed all Tesla would need do is send out an update. 🙂

    • your anti- Tesla schtick is beyond old. The old adage ‘if you dont have something nice to say…’ might be something to consider. Cant say it makes for good reading when every Tesla story is followed by your Tesla bashing comments.

      • Maybe Marion is sorry to have bought a Volt and this is nothing but buyer’s remorse.

  • Ugly don’t use that ugly image that has nothing to do with Tesla.

    • The wheels are too large, but that thing would sell like crazy.

    • Agreed. I can’t imagine Tesla coming out with anything looking like that. And even that image is better than the Bolt.

  • When Musk says three years, I wonder if Tesla plans to partner with google. Tesla doesn’t seem to be on the path to full autonomy. Google doesn’t seem to be on the path to becoming a manufacturer.

    What do Elon and Larry talk about during sleepovers at the Page house? I’m not sure, but I’m imagining a tent fort and Mrs. Page scolding the boys to stop talking and get some sleep.

    • one can only imagine

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