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Tesla Plans Coast to Coast Self-driving Trip

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Tesla is at it again: after promising that one of its cars would complete a coast-to-coast journey across the US in fully autonomous drive mode by the end of 2017— and not making it— now CEO Elon Musk says that such a trip will definitely happen within three to six months from now.

Musk was asked for updates about the cross-country drive during a call on earning. He answered that a Tesla on full autonomous capability would likely be able to “do a coast-to-coast drive in three months, six months at the outside.”

Musk also added that the self-driving feature that will make the trip possible will also be available to customers, although he gave no details regarding the timing of the technology’s release.

Musk also sort-of apologised for missing last year’s mark. He explained that Tesla “could have done the coast-to-coast drive” but that that in order to be up to the challenge, the company would have had  “to do too much custom code, effectively gaming it.”

He explained that while the stunt could have worked, such a tailor-made feature would have only allowed for customer vehicles to do exactly the same cross-country route. In contrast, Tesla is aiming at building features that are generally useful.

In general, Musk showed optimism about his company’s prospect at bringing an autonomous driving feature to the market .

“I am pleased with the progress made on the neural net,”  he said.

“It’s kind of like it goes from ‘doesn’t seem like too much progress, doesn’t seem like too much progress’ to ‘wow.’ ”

Image via Tesla

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