Elon Musk's Next Sci-Fi Trick is an "Auto Pilot" Self-Driving Tesla Car

By Gary Cutlack on at

Rocket and tube enthusiast Elon Musk says his Tesla electric car company has joined the race to build a self-driving vehicle, revealing plans for a Tesla that's able to operate itself mostly on "auto pilot" while you sit there being bored, within the next three years.

In an interview with the FT, Musk claimed that around 90 per cent of the car's control could be handed over to the company's own in-house driving tech, relegating the driver's input to such critical tasks as arguing about what to listen to on the radio and adjusting the direction the fans are blowing in. Which isn't why people buy a high-performance car like the Tesla, but presumably he's done some research into the demand for such thrill-killing features. [Reuters]