Tesla yesterday afternoon revealed that every new vehicle it builds will come equipped with the necessary hardware to enable fully autonomous driving. The feature isn’t yet live, however, as the electric automaker said it still needs more time and real-world driving data to further calibrate the system for maximum safety.
Early this morning, Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Twitter published a video demonstrating what the hardware is currently capable of in a Model X SUV. Needless to say, it’s pretty impressive.
Electrek says the first part of the video was shot in the hills of Menlo Park meaning the vehicle drove itself from Menlo Park to Tesla’s headquarters in Palo Alto. While there is a person in the driver’s seat, they’re there strictly for legal purposes as the vehicle is driving on public roadways. Only when the vehicle reaches Tesla’s headquarters do we see its “passenger” exit as the car goes and finds a parking spot on its own.
When you’re ready to go, simply tap “summon” in the app and the car will come pick you up.
Musk notes that, because the car can read parking signs, it skips past the handicap parking spot as you see in the video.
Musk said Tesla’s goal by the end of next year is to demonstrate a vehicle travelling from Los Angeles to New York in full autonomous fashion.