Next Up From Tesla: Self-Driving Cars. Should Google Be Looking In The Rearview Mirror?

But don't expect them to be fully autonomous. The Tesla concept sounds more like a very sophisticated version of cruise control.

Elon Musk seems to be everywhere at the moment. The Tesla Motors founder, SpaceX dude, and the brain behind the Hyperloop travel concept has given an interview to the Financial Times in which he talks about self-driving cars.

"We should be able to do 90% of miles driven within three years," said Musk. Tesla's self-driven cars will not be fully autonomous, however, so any notion of hopping in the back for a quick 40 winks should be dispensed with--meaning that the Tesla concept sounds more like a very sophisticated version of cruise control.

Until recently, it was thought that Google would be the first firm to bring the robot to the driving seat. It showed off the initial technology three years ago but little has been heard. With Musk calling his version "auto-pilot," it's probably safe to say that Google's concept is the more sophisticated one, and therefore will probably be harder to get right.

The technology already has a competitor in the road train, and Swedish carmaker Volvo is testing out its self-driving system on Spanish roads.

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