Tesla Car


Tesla has taken the automotive world by storm in recent years. Fronted by South African CEO Elon Musk, Tesla has changed the face of the electric car industry. While other manufacturers are catching up, Tesla has dibs on the current electric market. Rather than treating cars as cars, they release vehicles which aren’t far from computers on wheels. In an age where we’re forever edging closer to automated cars, this is a definite step in the right direction. Though relatively new to the industry, Tesla is paving the way for other manufacturers to follow in their footsteps and yet, they still manage to be a cut above the rest.

Thanks to Tesla, autonomous driving is a possibility. As can be seen in this article at theverge.com, Tesla was the first to bring to the world; an autopilot system in a commercial vehicle. That’s something everyone from Audi to Mercedes-Benz are now getting on board with.

Now, we’re looking down the barrel of the Tesla Model 3, and wondering whether it’s worth the risk. Admittedly, it’s not been a smooth road. Release dates have been set back time and time again, and Musk has continually promised production rates that the company has failed to deliver. So, one of the most hailed releases of last year ended up trickling its way onto the market in dribs and drabs as production plodded on. Even now, nearly a year after Musk’s estimations, production is still limited. 

It seems there are a few reasons for the hold-up. On one hand, demand for the vehicle far surpassed Tesla’s capabilities. Though they’re making big ripples, they’re still struggling against larger corporations and that can be seen from the fact that the delivery of 1,542 Model 3 cars by the second half of last year was about 2,900; which was less than estimated. What’s more, rumors of production difficulties have been abound; with horror stories of faulty equipment piling up outside Tesla factories. In fact, as can be seen on articles like this one at bgr.com, some say up to 40% of Tesla parts were so flawed they couldn’t be installed.  While many were able to look past the long wait for this release, this could prove the nail in many buyer’s coffin, and as well as opening the manufacturers to lawsuits from companies like www.braunslaw.com. Hence, production was held back yet again as Tesla attempted to iron these kinks.

With all these issues, you may ask whether it’s worth taking a chance on the Model 3.

Starting at $35,000, this is Tesla’s cheapest offering yet and Musk states that it is the company’s attempt to keep the cost of car ownership reasonable. What’s more, despite its issues, the Model 3 is on the cusp of becoming the best-selling midsize Sedan on the U.S. market. This is a pretty mean feat given that production is so limited. With that in mind, you may well want to give Tesla a try after all. What’s the worst that can happen?

Imagine a world where driving a few hundred kilometers won’t be such an exhausting activity! If the car does all the driving; you can relax, enjoy a movie, catch up on work, or simply drive in style while day dreaming about your wonderful life.

For now, driverless cars (or as I would like to call them, the real remote-controlled cars) are a work in progress. Apple is currently working on autonomous systems that will be a big deal for the future of self-driving cars. However, they didn’t announce any progress up until now so I guess we’d still have to wait.

Tesla is further along the way with their autopilot feature but we still can’t call this a completely self-driving car as it still requires human supervision and assistance. However, things seem to be moving a little faster for the car producer than they are for Apple.

But what exactly does this mean for the future of transportation? Let’s take a look at how our future would look like when cars can think for themselves.

Zero Accidents and Loss of Human Lives

Human error is the number one cause of car accidents all over the world and about 1.3 million people die each year. With self-driving cars, this number will hopefully be reduced to zero.

However, the main condition for this to happen is to have only autonomous cars on the road. With complex sensors and powerful computers, autonomous cars will have the ability to assess the road situation and obstacles, make decisions, and adjust its speed and driving style accordingly.

You can call your Car

This is already a possibility with the Prius A.V.O.S by Toyota where the rider can summon the car using a phone app. However, the system is still not advanced enough to call the car from the garage at home when you’re in town for a conference.

In the future, we should be able to call the car to pick us up from work or to send it back to the garage when we don’t need it. While speaking to John at RC rank, he says that the big cars should behave just like advanced RC cars today; except that it’s not being controlled by a remote but the onboard computer which will be the one doing the guidance.

Faster Transportation

With autonomous cars, transportation will be a lot faster and traffic jams will reduce to a minimum. It is assumed that once cars take over the task of driving, we won’t need traffic lights or signals and the driving speed will increase.

The self-driving car will be able to plot the most direct course to the destination and it will communicate with the other cars on the road in order to keep the traffic fluid.

This also means less stress in traffic for humans – you will actually enjoy the car ride to work and back since you won’t have to worry about driving or sitting in traffic for hours.

Less Pollution

Even if autonomous cars will still run on fossil fuels, they will be capable of implementing a more efficient way of driving. This means less carbon dioxide will be released into the atmosphere by cars, which leads to a cleaner, healthier environment. 

The autonomous car will be an improvement to the lives we live today. We’ll be less stressed, healthier, and happier.

But when will that happen?

Nobody knows for sure; probably 20-30 or 40 years down the road.