Talking Cars podcast tackles Tesla and the self-driving car

Software updates to the Model S bring autonomous capability in months, not years

Published: March 24, 2015 04:00 PM

George, Tom, and Jake

Despite demonstrations of self-driving cars by Google and Audi, it's easy to think of this technology as being years in the future. But once again, Tesla shakes up the status quo, announcing a software update for the Model S that will give it significant automated driving capability, shrinking the time scale to market from years to months. We discuss the impact of this move in the latest episode of  the "Talking Cars with Consumer Reports" video podcast.

Some manufacturers also advocate using "deep learning" to aid self-driving, allowing the system to learn from its mistakes, and the mistakes of others in the vehicle fleet. Interestingly enough, Tesla hopes to use the cars to gather data to prove that self-driving cars are actually safer than having a human behind the wheel. (Related: "Heavy traffic on the road to the self-driving car" and "The road to self-driving cars.")

For driving enthusiasts like us, that raises the big questions: What will the driver's role be in the future? Will it eventually be legal to even drive our own cars? And will driving be fun anymore?

Tune in for all this and more in the latest "Talking Cars with Consumer Reports" video podcast.

As with the other shows, this episode is also available free through the iTunes store. Subscribe to the video or audio. You'll also find the video on YouTube.

Also view:
Ford Edge, Lexus NX - Talking Cars, episode 63
Behind the scenes of 2015 Top Picks - Talking Cars, episode 62
Chevrolet Trax, Kia Sorento - Talking Cars, episode 61
Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator - Talking Cars, episode 60
Detroit auto show - Talking Cars, episode 59

Tom Mutchler

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