See a Tesla drive itself to work all on its own


Shortly after yesterday’s announcement, in which Tesla promised to equip all of its future cars with self-driving hardware, CEO Elon Musk promised to soon share a video of a Tesla “navigating a complex urban environment.”

The video, according to Musk, is what had delayed the announcement from Sunday (as originally promised) to Wednesday. 

Now, the video is available, and it shows a Tesla car driving a typical home-to-work route without any assistance from its human driver (who is required by law to sit in the driver’s seat and be able to take control of the car at any moment). 

In the three minute, 46 second-long video, we see a Model X exit the garage, enter traffic, join a highway lane and drive itself into a city, abiding all traffic regulations (stop signs, traffic lights) along the way.  

The video is edited; we don’t see if the car actually encountered any issues on its ride, but the parts that we do see work without a hitch. At the end, the driver exits the car, which then proceeds to find a parking spot at a crowded parking lot and parallel park itself. 

Musk later noted on Twitter that the car is smart enough to skip the disabled spot. He also said that with this technology, the Summon feature will bring the car to you no matter where you are. 

On Wednesday, Musk said that Model S and Model X cars with self-driving hardware are already in production. He claims the cars will have “Level 5” autonomy, meaning they will be able to drive themselves in all conditions. 

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