The Brainy Tesla Model S Can Now Drive Itself

Tesla Model S owners awoke this morning to find their electric cars can now drive themselves, after the company performed a dramatic, over-the-air software upgrade last night.It turns out that for the last year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s company has been building cars with the forward-looking camera, radar and ultrasonic sensors needed for autonomous driving, and now the software is ready to put that hardware to work.Calling the software release “a public beta,” Musk cautioned that the software is still very unrefined, so drivers need to stay alert and ready to take over if the car becomes confused. However, because all Teslas are networked to the company’s computer system, as customers add miles of experience driving in autonomous mode, the computer will get progressively smarter. “The big differentiator here is that the whole Tesla…

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