September 25, 2013
Electric car manufacturer, Tesla Motors, has joined the self-driving car race and claims it is producing a car that will be capable of running on 'auto-pilot' mode within the next three years.
Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, said the car would allow the driver to hand over 90% of the controls to the cars computer system, according to a Reuters report. However, he added that fully autonomous cars will take longer to develop.
The car maker said that the self-driving car will be developed in-house, using Tesla's own technology, and not that sourced from another company.
Despite the technological obstacles faced by manufacturers, the self-driving car faces even bigger hurdles in the form of legal and safety issues which must be overcome before these cars are allowed on public roads.
Another issue is that of the multi-billion dollar insurance industry backing such technologies until they've been fully proven.
Diamler has said that it will take full responsibility for any accident/mishap occurring when any of its self-driving cars is in fully autonomous mode, the German auto giant working to put a self-driving car in the markets by 2020.
Various auto majors from around the globe are developing self-driving cars, but Japan's Nissan Motor Co. is the only manufacturer planning to introduce the technology in affordable cars.
In India, self-driving cars face an exceptionally long journey, as driver aids such as adaptive cruise control and collision warning and avoidance systems which run on radar have been banned due to the country's military using similar EM frequency ranges.
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