Tesla’s Autopilot system to go public next year
Tesla is launching a new car with an automated driving system that it plans to release to the public next summer.
The Model X is the first Tesla to be able to drive itself on a highway.
It is being developed with help from the California-based startup Autoprime, a unit of China’s Dalian Wanda Group.
The company says it hopes to release its autonomous vehicle in 2019.
The Autoproter system will be used by a handful of Tesla cars, including the Model S sedan and the Model X SUV, and the Autopropilot system will allow the Model 3, which will go on sale in 2021, to drive autonomously in urban areas, according to a blog post by Autopromotive, the company behind the system.
Tesla said the system will also be used to navigate the streets and streets of the Los Angeles area.
Autoproters will be able access their own internal mapping system, including Google Maps, the blog post said.
It will be possible to request directions to the nearest Tesla store using the system, the post said, adding that Tesla expects to sell “a small number” of these vehicles in its Autoproleria store in the U.S.
A number of other auto makers have tried to bring self-driving systems to the market, including BMW, Daimler and Audi.