Seen here praying he isn't about to die, a driver tests Tesla's new autopilot feature. Tesla just rolled out a software update today that includes the feature, which allows its newest cars to take over some of the driver's functionality (i.e. steer on the highway, change lanes, stop at red lights, find and park in a parking space). You hear that? Nobody needs you, meatbag!
Mr Musk said users adopting the software - available in North America from Thursday - should exercise caution while using it.
"It should not hit pedestrians, hopefully," he told the media. "It should handle them well."
He added that if the car is involved in a collision, the driver is still liable.
"The driver cannot abdicate responsibility. That will come at some point in the future."
The software uses a combination of cameras, radar, ultrasonic sensors and mapping data to determine its position and navigate.
When the car has arrived at its destination, it is able to scan for an available space and park itself.
Unlike Google, which is aiming for a fully-autonomous vehicle, Tesla's approach is to gradually introduce features which take away the need for drivers to carry out certain functions.
The future: we're really getting there. Granted we may not being making much ground in resolving most important social issues, but technology -- technology is getting there. Everybody still hates the shit out of everybody else, but hey -- cars are gonna drive themselves soon.
Keep going for a video of a guy getting his mind blown by the system doing its thing.
Thanks to everyone who sent this, several of which references still owning cars that don't have power steering or windows. Classics!