CeBIT is traditionally the summit meeting for the smartest developers, so it’s no wonder that the world’s most innovative company (according to Forbes) is exhibiting there – Tesla Motors. And Tesla’s latest model is finding its way to Hannover with autopilot.
Just a few years ago, car-crazy Germany thought voice control for sat nav and a few other functions was the absolute cutting edge, even though the first systems weren’t particularly good listeners. Meanwhile, in the USA, K.I.T.T. – the miraculous motor of the legendary Knight Rider – had already shown how artificial intelligence can keep testosterone-fueled drivers on the straight and narrow. Now Tesla Motors is making a transatlantic trip to CeBIT 2016 to show what 21st century automotive engineering could look like – emissions-free, emotionally driven, suitable for everyday use and autonomous. Indeed, Tesla Motors is set to equip the Model S that’s on show in Hannover with its first autopilot functions, which will then be continuously developed.
Tesla Motors has long since extended its leading role beyond electromobility and is now at the cutting edge of development work on assistance systems and on integrating vehicles into our networked world. The Tesla engineers are using the in-built sensors of the Model S to implement the autopilot – harnessing radar system, ultrasound sensors, front camera and much more besides so the elegant sedan can accelerate, brake and steer for itself. And although it’ll be a while before Tesla brings autonomous driving to the roads, the first testers have already reported that the system makes driving much more comfortable and, more importantly, safe – particularly for longer journeys on highways and country roads. The continuous development of the autopilot functions will also benefit everyone driving a Model S without undue delay, as Tesla Motors can update the software in its vehicles "over the air".
Tesla Motors GmbH (80331 Munich, Germany), Hall 13, Stand D85
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