Tesla Motors’ co- founder, chief product architect and CEO, Elon Musk has caught the attention of the automotive world via Twitter, with a tantalizing teaser, just days before the new Tesla Model D is to be shown to the public.
About time to unveil the D and something else pic.twitter.com/qp23yi59i6
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 2, 2014
On the 9th of October, the invitation-only crowd will once again be summoned to Hawthorne Airport, Los Angeles, for the press conference and much anticipated unavailing of the Model D. Over 8 years have passed since Tesla introduced their first electric car, the Tesla Roadster, and you would be forgiven for thinking that now the stakes are only higher, with expectancy rife from fans and critics.
In terms of predictions as to what the Model D will actually look like, Musk’s Twitter post only showed a dim glimpse of the front end. Many are suggesting that the Model D is in fact, the Model 3 (originally called the Model E) that wasn’t expected to hit the global markets until 2017. But with Tesla looking to ‘liven’ up the marketplace with their clearly high ambitions, it seems anything is possible.
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Musk’s deliberately short tweet also mentions ‘something else’.
CNN released a video on October 2nd where in an interview with Musk, he announced that next year would see Tesla’s first autonomous car. A 90% self-driving car.
“Autonomous cars will definitely be a reality. A Tesla car next year will probably be 90% capable of autopilot. Like so 90% of your miles can be on auto. For sure. Highway travel.
“Other car companies will follow… I mean, Tesla’s a Silicon Valley company. If we’re not the leader, then shame on us.”
This news may shock some as it was under a month ago that Musk said that self-driving cars still had another 5-6 years to go before the idea could be fully put in to practice on the roads. One cause for this sudden change of heart could be that GM has recently announced that they are promising a hands-free mode for some of their 2017 models.
In addition to this, Audi also seem to be upping their stake in the autonomous game by having a PR tour for some of their models ‘piloted driving’ features.
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And on the other hand, there are those that are suggesting that the Model D could in fact be a souped up version of the Model S.
If anythings for sure, it’s that Musk has definitely got his audience where he wants them. The 9th could possibly take Tesla and the electric car generation, to a whole new level.