Yes, yes it does! Just recently, Elon Musk and the rest of the Tesla Motors development team made a huge announcement introducing the world’s first autopilot vehicle. In our first article about Model S , we talked about some of the amazing aspects of Tesla’s technology, but this time, we’re going to blow your minds.
On October 9th, the world was given an opportunity to watch a 4-door production vehicle navigate winding lanes by itself, adjust its speed based on speed limit signs automatically, and break if it sees a vehicle ahead of it stop suddenly. Musk proceeded to tell the world that he predicts we’re no more than 5 or 6 years away from a fully autonomous car, where you’ll be able to select a destination on the dashboard touch display, recline in your seat, and wake up however many minutes later at the specified destination.
With these new features, Tesla will be producing every Model S with a forward radar, 12 long range ultrasonic sensors positioned to sense 16 feet around the vehicle in all directions at any speed, a forward looking camera, and an electric braking system. All of these new hardware additions are going to be used for all autopilot functions, and continuous updates to the vehicle’s software will enable more and more features as time goes on. The idea of having a car drive itself has caused some sort of panic in the insurance industry, but autopilot was intended to actually enhance the safety of the Model S, which is currently the automotive industry’s safest production car of all-time. So, insurance rates and any other variables should hopefully be unscathed by the advancement in safety feature technology.
With the release of autopilot functionality, Model S has now increased the gap between itself and other “smart” vehicles. There is no other car out there that can do what Model S can do, but Tesla has no plans to stop introducing new technologies to their vehicles. Stay tuned for more updates!
In the meantime, check out this amazing video of the Model S P85D (Performance model) accelerate at supercar speeds, then perform the newest autopilot functions!