Tesla CEO Talks to Google about Autopilot Systems

Tesla doesn't want autonomous vehicles

May 8 2013, 12:36pm CDT | by

Tesla CEO Talks to Google about Autopilot Systems

Tesla makes some of the coolest electric vehicles in the world. The company's new Model S not only performs as well as most gasoline-powered performance sedans out there, but it has an impressive electric driving range as well. Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently announced that he had been in talks with Google about future autopilot systems for Tesla vehicles.

Google is more famous for autonomous vehicles that are able to drive between two points with no human intervention. However, Musk sees the future as far as Tesla vehicles go as something more akin to an autopilot system than a car that can drive itself. A lot of automotive manufacturers are looking at autopilot systems that allow the car to drive itself in situations such as heavy traffic.

“I like the word autopilot more than I like the word self- driving,” Musk said in an interview. “Self-driving sounds like it’s going to do something you don’t want it to do. Autopilot is a good thing to have in planes, and we should have it in cars.” There is no indication of when or if this technology might come to Tesla vehicles.

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Shane is a self described car aficionado. He loves muscle cars, but also knows how green cars work. He has years of experience in testing cars and writes about cars with deeply felt emotions.

 

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