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Add-on Will Make Your Car Semi-Autonomous for Just $999

Submitted by: Odio @ 04:40 AM | Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | (url: http://futurism.c...)

Similar to Teslas Autopilot, Comma One claims to be able to safely drive you from Mountain View to San Francisco without having to steer the wheel or step on the gas and brake. It can be installed on a small range of selected vehicles, but the creating startup, Comma.ai aims to make it compatible with more models in the future.

George Hotz, Comma.ai founder, stresses that this kit will not make a car fully autonomous, its about on par with Tesla Autopilot. Comma one takes advantage of a cars built-on front radars and is equipped with a camera. The key sensors that were getting back is the cam. Were actually getting back the video, even Tesla isnt doing that. We have all the video data.

The affordable price at $999 was possible because the add-on is made of inexpensive materials. The company plans to have the product available for shipping before the end of the year in very limited quantities.

In the end, this could fuel some healthy competition for autonomous driving. If this tech turns out to be as effective as any car manufacturers offerings, it could open up the possibilities for greater benefits and innovation in the field. If customers can buy affordable kits to give their current vehicles autopilot, car manufacturers are going to have to give greater incentives to get customers to buy into their offerings.

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Tesla has coast to coast coverage with super charge stations now

Submitted by: Goshin @ 09:22 AM | Wednesday, January 29, 2014 | (url: http://watchplayr...)

You can drive from west to east for free if you own a Tesla S
takes 30 minutes to charge 170 miles, so stopping every 3 hours. I guess it'll keep you regular for bathrooms and food.
They plan on having EVEN MORE stations by 2015.

[qoute]The Model S is known to have an operating range of 265 EPA certified miles, 170 of which can be recharged (for free mind you) within 30 minutes of being plugged in. This means that essentially every pit stop that you take on your road trip allows time to recharge and stretch your legs while not costing you anything in gas. Right now, there are 71 stations active and is now possible for you to travel from one coast to the other via the network of charging stations.

By 2015, Tesla plans on having 98% of the United States covered with access to the power stations[/quote]
[img]http://watchplayread.com/files/2014/01/tesla-supercharger-map.png[/img]

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