Tesla is equipping its vehicles with hardware required to make them fully self-driving
In an interaction with reporters on Wednesday, Elon Musk - CEO of electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors - said that Tesla is making changes to its vehicles, in preparation of a future of self-driving cars.
Musk told reporters that all the vehicles manufactured by Tesla are being equipped with the requisite hardware for ensuring that the vehicles have the fully self-driving capability.
Revealing that Tesla will introduce self-driving features in its vehicles over time, based on what the company has dubbed 'Hardware 2,' Musk said that he is targeting a 2017-end deadline for demonstrating a vehicle which can travel in fully self-driving mode from Los Angeles to New York.
Musk also expressed the hope that Tesla will be able to reach some impending software-related milestones for fully self-driving vehicles in time. These milestones include the validation of the software which would potentially make Tesla's vehicles fully self-driving; and the approval of the system by regulators.
Musk acknowledged the fact that Tesla will apparently take some time into the future "to complete validation of the software and to get the required regulatory approval," but he added alongside that "the foundation is laid for the cars to be fully autonomous at a safety level we believe to be at least twice that of a person, maybe better."
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