Fully autonomous cars were always on the radar of several Tech giants and it is only a matter of time till we see them running on our roads. The total number of vehicles is on the rise with every passing day.
Needless to say, this is one of the major reasons for accidents. Human beings are not so efficient when it comes to driving. No matter how careful we think we are, there is always a huge probability of error.
Apart from the damage to the body of your car, on average, we lose thousands of lives around the world to accidents in a single day. Can fully autonomous cars lift us up from the situation that we’re in?
The History Of Tesla
Tesla is a recent sensation that’s operating with Elon Musk as its brain. What started as an electric car company is now breaking boundaries in the auto industry.
Before Tesla came into the scene, there were several other companies that rose and fell. With its innovative designs, Tesla began topping the charts.
Tesla has the pride of being the very first company that made a huge impact with electrical cars. Most companies aren’t even close to achieving what Tesla has done so far.
By placing several charging stations across the US, Musk made Tesla Model 3 a staple among car lovers. Even with the recent CyberTruck launch, Tesla made a record-number of prebookings.
Rise Of Tesla Auto-Pilot
Tesla really gained attention when it first announced its auto-pilot feature. On September 2014, Tesla rolled out cars with TACC (Traffic-Aware Cruise Control).
Both the software and the hardware placed inside their cars got an upgrade. They even had auto-steer and auto-park functions which most people loved.
Tesla used an array of camera sensors placed all over their cars to track the surrounding. Although it wasn’t accurate, it was something people had never seen before.
Over the years, Tesla made several subsequent updates to its software. The major advantage of a software update is that its scalable. You don’t have to add or remove any hardware components.
Fully Autonomous Cars
Up until 2019, Tesla’s autopilot still needed manual guidance now and then. But it was practically perfect as it can decide its own route to the destination.
You can make the entire trip with very little human interaction. Recently on the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) Elon said that Tesla is very close in their journey towards Fully Autonomous Cars.
These L5 self-driving vehicles will no longer depend on a human being. He also added that the existing cars will not need any major hardware updates. A software patch will help get the cars up and running.
We also have to consider the fact that achieving something inside a lab has nothing to do with real-life. Tesla’s cars currently have an L2 self-driving feature.
Although the cars can steer themselves during the trip, the driver has to place his hand over the steering wheel at regular periods.
Elon expects that all his cars will become completely automatic by the end of 2020. Tesla’s cars have a huge history of road accidents.
The law blames the company while the people over at Tesla kept blaming the drivers. We can only hope the history to not repeat itself again.