If Elon is right about full autonomy arriving in about three years — and supposedly he’s recalibrating his forecasts for better accuracy — this could mean:
When the Gig and Model III hit full song, the car will drive by itself using a million-mile powertrain, monitor its state of charge, find and occupy parallel parking spaces, seek out Superchargers, provide ongoing feedback for the Tesla fleet as a whole, park itself in a garage (or Supercharger) and plug itself in using one of those robotic snakes. Sounds like a car that Tesla and/or a Tesla owner could rent out.
And by then, some other cars might be “awake” to each other. A new proposal from the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee would give automakers green credits if they use advanced safety technology, such as vehicle-to-vehicle awareness and autopilot-like stuff, for vehicles built 2018 and beyond. Why the tie-in to green credits? Because connected cars get better MPG by keeping more constant speed, staying out of trouble that would cause accidents (and tie up traffic) and avoiding the “accordion effect” of scrunching up with other cars and then spreading out.
TeslaMondo has often berated legacy automakers for whining about MPG and emissions standards. Well, here’s an alternative way for them to earn extra credit and avoid flunking the course. The big beneficiary of such regulation: MBLY.
Here’s the proposal. Scroll WAY down.