Tesla to enable autopilot mode, offer alternative charging method

  • AFP
  • Updated: Aug 21, 2015 17:33 IST

The innovative American car manufacturer Tesla has become the gold standard in the world of electric cars. According to Autoblog, only a select few Model S owners will be able to test the brand's autopilot function to start.

With the help of a camera, radar and an ultrasound sensor, the autopilot function includes automatic alignment behind other vehicles in all directions, a programmed adherence to speed limits and an emergency brake.

In the future, all owners of the Tesla Model S will benefit from the technology via a systems update. For the moment however, Tesla is a long way from presenting an entirely autonomous electric car, which seems to be Apple's current objective.

The car manufacturer has also worked hard on its charging poles and presented a surprising prototype over the summer. The charger moves like an automated snake and automatically plugs itself into the vehicle without any human intervention. The motor brand would like to favor this sort of solution in the future rather than opting for the induction charging method, tested in particular by Volvo. The latter method involves transferring energy using an electromagnetic field in order to charge electric cars wirelessly.

A pioneer of the electric car, Tesla revealed the Roadster, its first model, in 2008. The Model S line, currently available, is the fastest 100% electric sedan in the world.

By the end of 2015, Tesla will add the Model X to its growing catalog. The highly anticipated electric SUV will be equipped with three rows of seats. In 2017, the vehicle will be joined by the Model 3, an affordable and compact sedan model that will also be available in a crossover version. The vehicle could benefit from over 200 miles of autonomy as well as other numerous driving aids.

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