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posted by martyb on Thursday February 08 2018, @08:55PM   Printer-friendly
from the Look-Ma!-No-Hands! dept.

Tesla had aimed to do a cross-country U.S. drive in one of its vehicles using fully autonomous driving capabilities by the end of last year. Obviously it didn't make that goal, or you'd have heard about it. Instead, Tesla CEO Elon Musk now says he anticipates being able to make the trip within three months, or six months at the long end.

Specifically, Musk said on an earnings call in response to a question about the autonomous drive that they'd "probably" be able to "do a coast-to-coast drive in three months, six months at the outside." When asked whether this feature would then be immediately available to customers, he did say that it "will be a feature that's available to customers," without commenting directly on timing of availability.

Musk admitted that he'd "missed the mark on that front," regarding the original autonomous drive demonstration, but he qualified that Tesla "could've done the coast-to-coast drive [last year] but that the company "would've had to do too much custom code, effectively gaming it." It would've resulted in a feature that others could have used in their vehicles as well, but only for that exact cross-country route.

Source: TechCrunch


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 08 2018, @09:47PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 08 2018, @09:47PM (#635224)

    These Tesla drivers didn't get any permits, just under 59 hours, story from 10/29/15 --
        https://jalopnik.com/we-set-a-cross-country-record-in-a-telsa-that-drove-its-1739410767 [jalopnik.com]

    ...
    For those still unaware, I joined Carl and Deena last week to set two new EV and autonomous Cannonball Records, driving from Los Angeles to New York City in 57 hours and 48 minutes.

    Most of the time, their 2015 Tesla Model S was driving itself. The experience utterly transformed my views on the future of EVs, autonomous cars and the future of driving.

    Like any record run, this one was a team effort, and not one that could be done by jumping in a car and hitting the road. Carl and Deena spent 11 months planning the journey and the route, and as soon as they knew Tesla’s Autopilot software was ready, they made sure to be ready too. And in May, they asked me to join them.