New technology that could be used to make autonomous vehicles safer has been unveiled by the makers of Tesla’s electric car, which could allow them to use more of the car’s power to make its driving experience more pleasant for drivers.
Tesla announced the new technology Wednesday at a news conference at the company’s Fremont, California, headquarters.
The “taptic system” could make driving more pleasant by using a series of tiny vibrations to trigger electric motor actuators that could detect the human hand and give the driver an indication that the car is about to brake or stop.
The company also unveiled an autonomous driving system that uses a “tentative steering wheel” to guide the vehicle.
The system could also allow cars to be driven without human supervision, with the help of an onboard camera and radar.
Tesla’s autonomous system could not go into service until 2021 at the earliest.
The company said the “tacitus” feature, which can detect the movements of human hands, could be implemented on vehicles “in the next few years.”
“This is really just a first step,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
“This is something we think can be done in a way that is very low-risk and very practical.”
The taptic system, which uses two electromagnets in a triangular shape, is designed to trigger an electric motor when a human moves a hand from one location to another, the company said.
The motor is designed for use in self-parking cars.
The new technology, which has been designed by Stanford University professor David Boulanger, could help Tesla’s self-drive cars avoid collisions, which it says have increased by 40 percent since 2010.
The move is part of a larger shift to make the electric car a viable alternative to human-driven vehicles.
The Tesla and Uber companies have both launched autonomous vehicles that use advanced sensors and driver assistance features, and have been using automated driving features to drive on roads.
The goal is to get as many people as possible into self-driven cars, which have lower costs than human-powered cars and can operate autonomously for longer periods of time.
Tesla CEO Elon Knight said the taptic feature is “really about being safe” and could be combined with other technology to make driving safer for both drivers and passengers.
“There’s no magic bullet for self driving cars,” he said.
“We’re going to do this with what’s possible and what’s practical.”
Tesla said it has received more than 1,000 submissions for the tacitus system, and expects to begin testing in 2021.
Tesla’s system will work with the new Tesla Model 3 sedan, which is due to be unveiled in 2018.