Autonomous driving is expected to be the next big thing in the car industry. We already have vehicles on the market with some self-driving capabilities, but we’ll have to wait for a few more years to see fully self-driving cars.
Elon Musk shared some interesting details about this subject during his recent TED talk in Vancouver, Canada. He said that Tesla EVs will have full self-driving capabilities (Level 5) in about two years. There’s still loads of testing that has to be done before this can become a reality. Tesla also has to secure the regulatory approvals that are mandatory to get the project off the ground.
Musk also mentioned that Tesla will test a fully autonomous driving system by the end of this year. The company plans on completing a cross-country trip from Los Angeles to New York with one of its EVs without touching the steering wheel during the journey. Nevertheless, the system isn’t quite advanced enough at this stage that it would allow the driver to fall asleep at the wheel and still reach their destination safely.
Between now and 2019, when fully autonomous driving becomes a reality, we expect to see a Level 4 self-driving system make its way to Tesla vehicles. This means that the EVs would be able to drive on their own but not in all conditions, as some human interaction would still be necessary.