Tesla Is Planning a Crazy Stunt to Prove its Self-Driving Tech Works

Tesla is planning a cross-country trip with a fully self-driving vehicle.

After announcing that all Tesla models being built now and in the future will come equipped with the hardware necessary to be fully autonomous, the American automaker plans to demonstrate that tech by traveling across the U.S. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his goal is to demonstrate that a Tesla can travel from Los Angeles to New York in fully autonomous mode by the end of 2017.

Although the hardware is already being implemented into Tesla vehicles today, the software still needs to be validated and the entire system will have to be approved by regulators before owners can use it. The company expects to reach those milestones in time.

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The new system boasts eight surround cameras with 360 degrees of visibility around the car at up to 250 meters of range, compared to one camera used in previous Tesla vehicles. In addition, 12 updated ultrasonic sensors complement the vision, allowing for detection at nearly twice the distance of the prior system. There is also a forward-facing radar with enhanced processing to provide additional data through whatever weather and lighting conditions the vehicle is driving through.

[Source: The Wall Street Journal]

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