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Elon Musk: Don’t Fall Asleep at the Wheel for Another 5 Years

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Elon Musk is taking his cars to the next level. Elon unveiled a new autopilot feature for the company’s line of electric sports cars Thursday, he is confident that fully autonomous vehicles could be available within a decade.

>”That will be the case at some point in the future. Like maybe five or six years from now I think we’ll be able to achieve true autonomous driving where you could literally get in the car, go to sleep and wake up at your destination,” Musk said. He added that it may take a few years beyond the point when the technology is ready for regulators to sign off on it.

This is not the same ol, same ol automated car. The car’s uses radar, ultrasonic sensing and cameras to create a sort of super-smart cruise control, obstacle avoidance and lane-keeping system.

>”Autopilot is what we have in airplanes. For example we use the same term that is in airplanes where there is still an expectation that there will be a pilot. So the onus is on the pilot to make sure that the autopilot is doing the right thing.”

Also and on a more serious note he also remarked on his distrust of AI

>Let’s just hope that if Skynet ever does rise up that Tesla will already have built a sufficient enough firewall to keep any menacing, artificially intelligent system from turning Elon’s new autopilot system into an auto-murdering “spam removal” feature.

[SOURCE](http://www.cnet.com/news/elon-musk-sees-autonomous-cars-ready-sooner-than-previously-thought/)

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