Tesla vs Uber: Battle for our Self-Driving Future



Tesla and Uber are battling it out to become the leader in self-driving cars. Uber sees this as a way to cut costs and remove the need to own a car while Tesla sees this as a way to make the roads safer and offset the cost of owning a high-tech vehicle. Who is giong to win? Let’s see what the data says…

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Interview w/ Travis Kalanik – http://www.businessinsider.com/travis-kalanick-interview-on-self-driving-cars-future-driver-jobs-2016-8
Elon “people v uber” – https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/26/musk-on-tesla-network-its-not-tesla-vs-uber-its-the-people-vs-uber/

Uber Cost down to 35 cents – http://www.marketwatch.com/story/demand-for-driverless-cars-could-boost-uber-to-2016-09-19

Uber Financials (huge losses) – http://www.forbes.com/sites/briansolomon/2016/01/12/leaked-ubers-financials-show-huge-growth-even-bigger-losses/#11fc7d9b5c99

Self-Driving Uber Runs red light – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CdJ4oae8f4

SF Mayor demands Uber stop self-driving program – http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2016/12/16/mayor-uber-self-driving-cars-dmv.html

Tesla Announcement about self-driving cars – https://www.tesla.com/blog/all-tesla-cars-being-produced-now-have-full-self-driving-hardware

Video of Self-Driving Tesla – https://vimeo.com/192179727

Tesla Deliveries (statista) – https://www.statista.com/chart/4586/tesla-deliveries-and-pre-orders/

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// Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Capability (tesla.com)
Build upon Enhanced Autopilot and order Full Self-Driving Capability on your Tesla. This doubles the number of active cameras from four to eight, enabling full self-driving in almost all circumstances, at what we believe will be a probability of safety at least twice as good as the average human driver. The system is designed to be able to conduct short and long distance trips with no action required by the person in the driver’s seat. For Superchargers that have automatic charge connection enabled, you will not even need to plug in your vehicle.

All you will need to do is get in and tell your car where to go. If you don’t say anything, the car will look at your calendar and take you there as the assumed destination or just home if nothing is on the calendar. Your Tesla will figure out the optimal route, navigate urban streets (even without lane markings), manage complex intersections with traffic lights, stop signs and roundabouts, and handle densely packed freeways with cars moving at high speed. When you arrive at your destination, simply step out at the entrance and your car will enter park seek mode, automatically search for a spot and park itself. A tap on your phone summons it back to you.

Please note that Self-Driving functionality is dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary widely by jurisdiction. It is not possible to know exactly when each element of the functionality described above will be available, as this is highly dependent on local regulatory approval. Please note also that using a self-driving Tesla for car sharing and ride hailing for friends and family is fine, but doing so for revenue purposes will only be permissible on the Tesla Network, details of which will be released next year.

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