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Tesla Challenges Regulators to Catch up to Driverless Car Technology

According to Tesla's Elon Musk, driverless car technology is a problem that's pretty much solved. As he's made clear numerous times, the regulators need to catch up. They might want to start moving faster, he says, because Tesla isn't slowing down.

Tesla Challenges Regulators to Catch up to Driverless Car Technology

Musk said he aims to dispatch a driverless vehicle from Los Angeles to New York by the end of next year.

"This is going to have a big impact forcing the hands of regulators," said Mike Ramsey of market researcher Gartner. And on other automakers, too: "If [Tesla] is successful the others will be saying 'we are so far behind!'"

Automakers have said driverless cars could be ready for sale within three to five years, but Tesla appears to be moving faster.

Kelley Blue Book analyst Karl Brauer called the Tesla news “a big upfront commitment to self-driving technology that other automakers may not be willing to make at this point.”

The National Highway and Safety Administration issued loose guidelines for driverless car regulation last month, urging states and cities to coordinate new rules so a mishmash of regulations doesn’t impede the development of driverless cars.

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Musk said he aims to dispatch a driverless vehicle from Los Angeles to New York by the end of next year.

"This is going to have a big impact forcing the hands of regulators," said Mike Ramsey of market researcher Gartner. And on other automakers, too: "If [Tesla] is successful the others will be saying 'we are so far behind!'"

Automakers have said driverless cars could be ready for sale within three to five years, but Tesla appears to be moving faster.

Kelley Blue Book analyst Karl Brauer called the Tesla news “a big upfront commitment to self-driving technology that other automakers may not be willing to make at this point.”

The National Highway and Safety Administration issued loose guidelines for driverless car regulation last month, urging states and cities to coordinate new rules so a mishmash of regulations doesn’t impede the development of driverless cars.

Read Full Article

Tesla Challenges Regulators to Catch up to Driverless Car Technology