Tesla To Havae Self-Drive In Three Years
|   Thursday, September 18, 2014
Although no one has yet asked the question, could Tesla CEO Elon Musk have been pushed by competition to announce a firm deacadline for self-driving capability in its electric car lineup?

Until now, Musk has managed to keep Tesla's self-driving vehicle plans vague. He did announce earlier this year that the electric carmaker would have self-driving or semi-autonomous-driving capability in its vehicles. However, Musk managed to keep the public in the dark regarding a firm date on the delivery of semi-autonomous-driving capability to its models.
That was before Nissan announced that it would have semi-autonomous-driving capability in three model years and GM's announcement that it was planning to have semi-autonomous-driving capability in the Cadillac CTS for the 2017 model year.

Though no one is saying so, it seems rather coincidental that Musk's announcement comes on the heels of GM's announcement of semi-autonomous-capability and after Nissan's firm deadline, as well.

Musk told the Nikkei Asian Review that Tesla would have semi-autopilot-technology in its products within three years. He predicted the full "autopilot" – Musk's term for self-drive – would be in five to six years.

Also, as noted by MSN Autos, where reports of Review interview appeared, Tesla's planning has called for the launch of its lowest-priced model, the Model 3 sedan at the same time as its "autopilot" technology is launched. MSN Autos speculated that the Model 3 will probably be offered with self-driving capability at its launch.

The Model 3 is set to be Tesla's lowest-price vehicle. With a $35,000 pricetag, the Model 3 is aimed at the mainstream sedan market. It will also travel 200 mpc (miles per charge).

Until this report, it has been speculated that Tesla will build its self-drive system itself. Musk, however, dispelled that notion when he told the Asian Review that Tesla will handle the programming piece while it sources the sensors and sub-components from many sources.

Musk also told the Nikkei Asian Review that he expects all Tesla models will ultimately have self-drive capability.
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