In yesterday's Inside EV, we got some friendly pushback over a remark that Tesla was "following suit" in the general push toward self-driving cars. So for this week's quick roundup of autonomous news, we thought we'd take a closer look at Tesla's efforts to stay ahead of the pack.
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Elon Musk wants to produce a car that can drive itself from LA to New York by the end of 2017.Jack Stewart from Wired weighs the likelihood of another highly ambitious goal from the Tesla CEO and calls it "insane [but] it just might work." It would put his company years ahead of every other auto maker working on fully autonomous cars — provided he can master the technology, meet regulations and beat his own track record of missing deadlines. - WIRED
Tesla and General Motors are taking very different paths in a race to win the autonomous car market. Fortune’s Kirsten Korosec points out that Elon Musk is putting driverless vehicle technology directly in the hands of car owners by rolling out autonomous capability in all new Tesla vehicles. GM CEO Mary Barra, on the other hand, is deploying self-driving cars in a ride-sharing environment and keeping control in the hands of the automaker. - FORTUNE
Tesla is making a bold move to take on Uber by stating that its self-driving vehicles can only be used for ride sharing on the Tesla Network. Last week, Elon Musk announced that all new cars will come with hardware that will make them fully driverless following future software updates — but buyers have to agree not to use them for ride-sharing services. Uber has the advantage of a well-established ride-hailing network, but Tesla has immense brand loyalty and is further ahead in self-driving technology. - BUSINESS INSIDER
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