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.

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