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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: 2) by insanumingenium on Thursday February 08 2018, @10:33PM (4 children)

    by insanumingenium (4824) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 08 2018, @10:33PM (#635249) Journal

    How exactly do you call out "a violently imposed monopoly", and then suggest that verbal trickery is going to defeat the system in the next sentence?

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Osamabobama on Thursday February 08 2018, @11:49PM (1 child)

    by Osamabobama (5842) on Thursday February 08 2018, @11:49PM (#635287)

    There was some hand-waving that didn't make it into the text of the comment.

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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by khallow on Friday February 09 2018, @12:46AM (1 child)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 09 2018, @12:46AM (#635318) Journal

    How exactly do you call out "a violently imposed monopoly", and then suggest that verbal trickery is going to defeat the system in the next sentence?

    This is not the first bit of heavy-handed sarcasm that DannyB has wrapped around the tree of Poe's Law. Call the tow truck!

    • (Score: 2) by insanumingenium on Friday February 09 2018, @12:55AM

      by insanumingenium (4824) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 09 2018, @12:55AM (#635321) Journal

      Doesn't he know that sarcasm requires setting the evil bit? I never seem to stumble across anything DannyB writes that doesn't make me wonder what he is smoking, but I never added up the clues.