Tesla Motors Inc. constructs its image as both a software company and an auto maker. The company will design some new upgrades for their electric cars Model S that will reach their owners through the internet in 10 days.
The new upgrade will solve the problem of battery charging. Once they will have their cars upgraded the drivers will be made available a map with the best route to their destination based on the location of the charging stations and so the car will be guided to the spots where there are free spaces available for charging.
But this is not all. The car will also be provided with a Range Assurance application. This application will keep track of how much longer the battery will last and will verify which of the Tesla supercharger stations are available. The Range Assurance will run in the background while the car is on and will notify the driver to divert from their route in order to recharge their car.
The application which deals with choosing the most suitable route while at the same time taking into consideration the power available, is called Trip Planner. It will also keep the driver posted about the traffic conditions and the charging station that can be found on the way.
Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, says that the driver will no longer have to think ahead and calculate because from now on the car will take care of everything on its own.
Musk has also announced that the company is working on an automatic steering feature. This feature is tested between San Francisco and Seattle and could be added to Model S three months from now on. The automatic steering feature will allow hands-free, automatic driving on a high way provided with well-marked lanes.
The CEO emphasized the fact that range is one of the most important issues when it comes to electric cars. Tesla’s Model S can run up to 270 miles without needing battery recharge. This means more than double the range in the case of other electric cars, such as Nissan Leaf. Although the range that Model S offers is considered enough to get the driver wherever is needed, Musk acknowledges that range will remain a problem. A senior analyst with Kelley Blue Book, Karl Brauer argues that the new updates that Tesla will introduce will not eliminate the concern over range.
The new update will also include some safety features such as blind spot detection, automatic emergency braking and a warning system for side collision.
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