Tesla to announce autonomous driving tech?by Ben Hsu
New developments surface on top of AWD rumors.
The mysterious Tesla "D" teased by CEO Elon Musk earlier this week could be a move towards autonomous driving. Speculation of the upstart electric car company's next move is coming in fast and furious ahead of a press conference scheduled for October 9.
It didn't take long after Musk for internet sleuths to uncover a caught during testing. In this case, the D would appear to point to a dual motor, all wheel drive setup. With that reveal likely spoiled, the company still had another promised announcement for the 9th.
However, a new report by indicates that advanced lane-keeping and self-driving features are also in the works. Director of Global Communications Simon Sproule confirmed that the factory has already been building Model S cars with forward-facing cameras for the past month.
In July Sproule also confirmed, as reported by , that it had been working closely with Mobileye, an developer of autonomous driving technology. In the same piece, Musk also estimated that automated highway driving would be possible within a year's time, from "entrance ramp to exit ramp." Musk also said that radar sensors were too complex, favoring optical input like cameras.
Mainstream automakers such as Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Honda have developed autonomous driving prototypes already. Earlier this year another Silicon Valley giant, Google, also .
Tesla shares jumped up 5 percent on the news of the new model.