Tesla Motors Inc has promised that it will allow the Model S to drive itself sooner rather than later. That’s not the only automated tech the firm is working on right now. In order to make the firm’s cars charge themselves, the firm is putting together a robotic charging cable that will be able to plug itself in and out of a Model S. Have a look at the video below:
The video above gives you a good idea of how terrifying that could be to watch. For all of his fear of AI, Elon Musk seems to have borrowed his aesthetic for the robot charging cable from the Terminator Universe. Despite how it looks, it will be a key part in the future of the self-driving Model S.
Tesla Motors makes cars drive themselves
When Update 7.0 for the Model S arrives, the EV will finally be able to drive itself. Elon Musk has promised that the car will have advanced lane-keeping cruise control and the ability to park itself. In a call on the tech earlier this year Mr. Musk said that the car will, on private property, be able to come when called and park itself in the garage once you get home.
There’s no use in the Tesla Motors Model S putting itself in the garage if you have to follow it to the door, watch it park, and plug it in. The new self-starting charger will be able to do all of that for you. You’ll be able to watch the car’s charging progress from the Model S mobile app, secure in the knowledge that you’ll be able to get to work in the morning.
The charger will also make time at the SuperCharger easier, if a little more scary. Instead of needing someone to move the Model S to and from the charge point when the car is done charging, the Model S will soon be able to more itself.
That could cut down on the delays at some SuperChargers, but it will also result in a creepy parade of Model S sedans driving themselves around a small forecourt.
Making the Tesla Motors Model S charge better
Despite all he has done to end “range anxiety” Elon Musk’s biggest demand problem is still at the charging point. People are still wary about EVs, including the Model S, because they worry that they’ll be out of gas and need to wait 45 minutes to refill.
The automatic charging arm will, like the self-driving tech, make the Model S more appealing to all sorts of buyers. It won’t lower charging times much, if at all, but it will make the experience cooler. That’s been the Tesla Motors response to many problems with the Model S, and it’s working.
On June 30 Tesla Motors unveiled a liquid cooled charger that would lower charging times. The lighter, more flexible cable is likely key to the workings of the auto-charger in the above video.
Tesla Motors is still surging ahead in areas other car-makers haven’t yet dreamed about.
That’s why many research houses on Wall Street feel good about the firm despite the poor earnings delivered this week. Ben Kallo of Baird says that the Model X is “worth waiting for.” Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research said that shares are worth $385 as the numbers “continue to remain strong.”