3 min December 16, 2014 in

Unveiling Tesla D – self driving car features on a Model S sedan version

The mythical Tesla D

Though the team from Tesla Motors publicly acknowledges that autonomous cars are years away from becoming a reality, everyone expected the “D” in the new Tesla Model to stand for “Driverless”.

Now the almost mythical Tesla Model D actually takes its name from the “Dual Motors” engine the company introduced. While some may have felt disappointment on the 9th of October when the model was released, expectations were confirmed as Tesla D has self -driving car features on a Model S sedan. What is so impressive about it?

Tesla D is “your personal roller coaster”

The CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, was super enthusiastic on the day of release. Musk was quoted as stating at the announcement event that “this car is nuts. It’s like taking off from a carrier deck. It’s just bananas.”

Why such hyperbolic qualities?

Because Tesla D offers you an autopilot and Dual Motor All Wheel Drive! It’s only a step away from a driverless car.

While strikingly similar to the previous Model S sedan version, Tesla Model D is incomparably more powerful.  The dual motor engine enables it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, and also to reach impressive speeds of 250 km/h, with 40 km/h more than its cousin.

Indeed a roller coaster, it is the fastest Tesla ever produced, not to mention some consider it is even faster than a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.

How come so much power?

It comes from a combination of the two 188 horsepower motors, one in the front and one in the rear, resulting in 376 horsepower.

 A very smart system incorporated

This vehicle seems to be half-way on the road between connected cars and driverless ones. It is a very intelligent car. Its smart system combines the information received from sensors with real-time GPS, navigation and traffic systems.

Apart from being extremely smart, it is also a safe car. It comes with a radar that allows it to see through fog and snow. Also, there is a recognition camera, which can see and understand traffic signs, lights and pedestrians. Last but not least, be impressed by the full 360-degree ultrasonic sonar system.

Now on autopilot, driverless to come

A revolutionary and very innovative function now available on Tesla D models, but soon to be applied on the previous S sedan version. This feature is not available on open roads, but it’s great for near home enclosed spaces and maneuvers, such as backing out from a tight garage.

The autopilot feature is also for improving safety and enhancing driver experience. It utilizes a radar, together with a camera and a system of 12 sensors. So, the vehicle has a range of 16 feet. The autopilot system is connected to steering, brakes and GPS.

Thus, the car can detect and avoid pedestrians. Also, the autopilot feature will also brake the vehicle to avoid collisions. Not to mention, the car can turn lanes of its own volition, by steering the vehicle in the needed direction.

What do you think of the impressive Tesla D? Do you think we’re so further away from driverless cars? 

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