Tesla CEO Elon Musk talking to Google on driverless tech

May 8th, 2013 by Road Test TV

Tesla Model S

Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk says that his company is considering the possibility of driverless technology for its vehicles and is discussing the prospects with Google, which has been working on autonomous driving technology for quite some time now.

Musk, 41, said driverless technologies that can take over for drivers are a logical step in the evolution of automobiles. He has been talking with Google about the driverless technology that the company has been developing. However, Musk prefers to call it an autopilot system.

“I like the word autopilot more than I like the word self- driving,” Musk said. “Self-driving sounds like it’s going to do something you don’t want it to do. Autopilot is a good thing to have in planes, and we should have it in cars.”

Speaking about Google’s approach to autonomous driving, Musk says that the tech-company’s way is too expensive.

“The problem with Google’s current approach is that the sensor system is too expensive,” Musk said. “It’s better to have an optical system, basically cameras with software that is able to figure out what’s going on just by looking at things.”

Source: AutoNews

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