If there were a list of things that made you feel like you were living in a science-fiction movie, we imagine the top three would probably be:
1. The hoverboards from Back to the Future
2. The laser guns and lightsabres from Star Trek and Star Wars
3. The self-driving cars from Minority Report and I-Robot
Well, get ready to knock one of those off the fantasy list, as electric-car development company Tesla are not only in the midst of making the self-driving car a reality, but are saying they’ll have it ready to go for consumers as early as 2015.
CEO of the company Elon Musk had this to say: “Autonomous cars will definitely be a reality. A Tesla car next year will probably be 90 per cent capable of autopilot. Like so 90 per cent of your miles can be on auto. For sure. Highway travel.”
Safety, of course, has been the main speed bump of the self-driving car, but that hasn’t stopped the likes of Toyota, Audi, Mercedes and even Google jumping on the automated bandwagon. We could find out more on October 9 when Telsa unveil their super secret project, “the D”.