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Tesla Motors Model S: The Future of Driverless Cars


As time passes by, along with the development of both intelligence and raw materials available for us to exploit, technology develops as well. A lot of amazing innovations were featured only in the movies. One innovation in particular is cars that drive itself alone.

Google is one company who researched and develops driverless cars. Then a lot of car manufacturers joined the race. One of which is Tesla Motors with their latest version and upgrade for their Model S.

Let’s review our facts first about Tesla Motors. Tesla Motors is named after electrical engineer and physicist Nikola Tesla. The Tesla Roadster uses an AC motor descended directly from Tesla's original 1882 design. The Tesla Roadster, the company's first vehicle, is the first production automobile to use lithium-ion battery cells and the first production EV with a range greater than 200 miles (320 km) per charge. Between 2008 and March 2012, Tesla sold more than 2,250 Roadsters in 31 countries. Tesla stopped taking orders for the Roadster in the U.S. market in August 2011. Tesla unveiled the Tesla Model S all-electric sedan on March 26, 2009. In December 2012, Tesla employed almost 3,000 full-time employees. By January 2014, this number had grown to 6,000 employees.

Tesla Motors, Inc. is an American automotive and energy storage company that designs, manufactures, and sells luxury electric cars, electric vehicle powertrain components, and battery products. Tesla Motors is a public company that trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol TSLA. In the first quarter of 2013, Tesla posted profits for the first time in its history.

Tesla first gained widespread attention following their production of the Tesla Roadster, the first fully electric sports car. The company's second vehicle is the Model S, a fully electric luxury sedan, which was followed by the Model X, a crossover. Its next vehicle is the Model 3. Global Model S sales passed the 100,000 unit milestone in December 2015, three and a half years after its introduction. The Model S was the world's best-selling plug-in electric vehicle in 2015. As of December 2015, the Model S ranks as the world's second best-selling plug-in car in history after the Nissan Leaf.



Tesla also markets electric powertrain components, including lithium-ion battery packs to automakers including Daimler and Toyota. CEO Elon Musk has said that he envisions Tesla Motors as an independent automaker, aimed at eventually offering electric cars at prices affordable to the average consumer. Pricing for the Tesla Model 3 is expected to start at US$35,000 before any government incentives, and deliveries are expected to begin by 2017. In 2015, Tesla announced Tesla Energy, a suite of batteries for homes (Powerwall), businesses, and utilities (Powerpack).

For the moment, let us focus our attention with their Model S, and Tesla introduced a new feature with its Version 7.1 software update that lets you pilot your car right out of your garage without needing to be behind the wheel. It’s called Summon, and this video demonstrates exactly how the autonomous system works.



It’s all handled through a simple smartphone app, which will let you get out of the car and then set the car to park itself in your garage. In the morning, you can call the car back out to meet you when you’re ready to go to work.

The idea behind Summon isn’t to drive your car through parking lots and complicated turns. It only drives in forward and reverse. You can stop the car at any time or it will stop itself if it detects an obstacle.

This could really come in handy in tight parking spots when it’s impossible to open your door to get out of your car. It could also get you out of trouble if someone parks too close and makes it impossible for you to slip back behind the wheel. It’s the first iteration of the system, so look to see it become increasingly more capable over time.

At this moment, Tesla might not yet develop a car that you can use to go somewhere that can drive itself alone, but they will, eventually.

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