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Tesla Set To Unveil Self-Driving Features Next Week

by Brandon Russell | October 4, 2014October 4, 2014 11:00 am PST

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When Tesla’s Elon Musk reveals the “D” next week, he’ll also reportedly talk about the automaker’s self-driving technology. According to Bloomberg, Musk is set to unveil a control system built for the Model S capable of keeping the car in its lane on highways. Earlier this week Musk said Tesla would offer a car as early as next year that could drive 90-percent of its miles on auto-pilot.

Tesla is already at the forefront of EV technology, with plans to open up a gigafactory in Nevada next year, so it’s no surprise to see Musk’s company aspire to lead the self-driving charge. Musk previously said Tesla is at work on advanced self-driving technology, but there are still many obstacles to overcome, not least of which improving the computer vision technology necessary for a completely autonomous experience.

We’re pretty sure Tesla’s D will be an all-wheel-drive Model S, so that mystery has (likely) been solved. Now it’s just that “something else” we’re waiting to hear more about. As noted by Jalopnik, other automakers like Mercedez-Benz, Infinity and others offer systems similar to the one Tesla will supposedly unveil next week, but Musk might have something more advanced up his sleeve.

Unfortunately for older Model S owners, cars won’t be able to be retrofitted with the self-driving system. The newest Model S sedans now come with front-facing cameras, which Jalopnik notes is integral to the auto-pilot system. Tesla’s event is scheduled for Oct. 9, so we’ll see what the fuss is about soon.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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