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Tesla Motors Will Spawn Fleets of Autonomous Cars, Analysts Claim

Autonomous driving is one of the two or three directions the automotive world is heading to, and it was only natural for an avantgardist carmaker like Tesla to lead the pack.
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At least that's what automotive analysts claim, despite the fact that Elon Musk's company is not the only brand trying to explore the virgin paths of driverless car technology.

BMW and Mercedes-Benz are also looking at ways to implement autonomous tech on cars, but we're here to talk about Tesla's efforts in this department, since analysts believe the brand is looking to break the ice in terms of connected, self-driving vehicles.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Tesla Motors is likely to create a new division with a name like Tesla Mobility.

"We would be surprised if Tesla did not share formalized business plans on shared mobility within the next 12 to 18 months," said Adam Jonas, cited by the same source. "This could potentially be followed by commercial introduction in 2018."

This means such a move would come after Tesla Motors (finally) introduces the much-awaited Model 3 electric sedan.

Coincidence or not, these rumors come at the same time with Tesla's announcement regarding a new Autopilot feature being implemented on some Model S vehicles, turning owners into beta testers for the gizmo.

Despite its name, the Autopilot will not exclude the one behind the wheel from the driving experience. In other words, drivers will still have to pay attention to the road and what's on and around it, but will "have high confidence in steering, braking and acceleration, basically when you are in some kind of traffic situation where there is a car right in front of you", according to Elon Musk.

All we can do at this moment is sit back, grab some popcorn and watch a new chapter of the car industry unfold before our eyes.


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