Tesla Promises Autopilot in 3 Years: Will the Market Be Ready?
Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) autonomous car project has long garnered the attention of tech junkies, automotive observers, and critics alike. The notion of a self-driving car, while not a new one, was always kept at a safe distance from the consumer market. As much as some people would gladly relinquish the chore of driving, the technology that would allow that to happen always felt too much like science fiction, and that a consumer grade system was still decades away.
Then a company like Google comes along. A company that not only has the vast resources at hand to execute such a project, but has the means necessary to develop and carry out a system within a matter of years. But even Google may need to hurry up, because another company is looking to beat it at its own game — and not surprisingly, that company would be Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA). According to CEO Elon Musk, Tesla plans to have an operational, near-total autonomous car on the roads in three years.
Google’s own program began three years ago, and although it has mounted some very admirable efforts in that time, it was not able to find a partner to build the cars. Tesla already has that part figured out. ”We should be able to do 90 percent of miles driven within three years,” Musk said, although he would not reveal further details of Tesla’s project. However, he did note that it was “internal development” rather than technology being supplied by another company. “It’s not speculation,” he added.