Would you buy a Tesla if it had an autopilot system from Google?

May 7, 2013

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    Would you like a Tesla? Sure you would. How about one with autopilot? Even better. What if it was $30,000? Now we’re talkin’!

    If Elon Musk, the billionaire owner of the electric car company, has his way, all of that will be a reality. Of course, the price reduction was already in discussions, but the new autopilot feature would be really cool. Perhaps even cooler, it could be made by Google!

    Both Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google’s founders, are investors in Tesla and have been for some time. Tesla approached Google about designing an autopilot system for the electric roadsters, but are unhappy with the method Google utilizes. Musk believes strongly that an autopilot system should be optical, not laser based as Google’s self driving technology is. According to the billionaire car maker, Google’s system is also really expensive. That doesn’t mean they won’t work together, as both companies have a good relationship and want this to work.

    A steep price tag is a strong juxtaposition to Tesla’s desire to lower the cost of their cars, and may not be a popular add-on because of it. Musk believes vehicles with autopilot functionality are the natural progression the auto industry will take, so we’re confident he’ll find a way to make it happen.

    What’s the difference between autopilot and self-driving cars? Nothing. According to Musk, “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.”

    Leave it to Tesla to forge their own path.

    Comments

    • http://www.androidsfinest.org/ Android’s Finest

      As long as it doesn’t have a navigation system by Apple

      • http://www.facebook.com/michaelgonzalez2012 Michael Gonzalez

        It’s asks you if you are an iPhone user. If you are it immediately tries to crash the car in order to make the world a better place. :)

    • Arsenal™

      never trust machines!

      im better off driving on my own :D

      • Guest

        So… Wouldn’t you be better off sending a message via snail-mail instead of SMS? Or, with your train of thought, since snail-mail actually uses some degree of technology, grab a horse and get the message to the person the really-old snail-mail way.

        • Arsenal™

          lol where does messaging come into this?

          i just dont like intricate machines doing the driving thats all
          what if there is a malfunction and someone dies?

          anyways i like driving so i am not gonna give a share of my passion to some machine

          Hope u understand :P

          • joseph pastor

            youre more likely to die by your own hands. this is why car accidents are among the highest fatality rates.

            • Arsenal™

              only if your drunk

            • Andrew

              Clearly you’ve never been to Portland…

            • Arsenal™

              clearly i have not and i am a responsible driver :P

      • Cole Raney

        Google is actually working to make self driving cars that are more accurate than humans.

    • broccoli

      Nope, Tesla car is still way too expensive than iPhone 5 or Galaxy S4.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1076674789 FriĂ°berg Leifs Jensson

      It cool that manufacturer want to make a car with “autopilot”. Autopilot is good if you are driving long distance. Mercedes Benz had cars with some sort of autopilot, it’s not like the self driving car from Google but it holds the same speed as the car in front of you and if the the car in front of you slows down or speed up the Benz will do the same. Also the scanner detects people and other object so it is less likely to crash.

    • Dragan Manasiev

      Yes, I do if it is going to be avileable in Europe ;)

    • http://twitter.com/jsarino James Sarino

      I’d like to have the best of both worlds. On long, boring trips (long, straight stretches of nothingness), kick in the autopilot mode. Then, on more “fun drive” trips, I can take the wheel myself…the auto enthusiast in me comes into play. :-)

    • o-yeah

      Tesla roadster will freeze and (will be deemed useless) in our streets especially in Monumento (search it now!) because it will always give way to pedestrians crossing the 10-Lane highway.

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