Tesla vs BMW: Who's Leading The Way On Intelligent Cars?

Tesla vs BMW: Who’s Leading The Way On Intelligent Cars?

  • Published on June 7th, 2014 by

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Tesla vs BMW: who’s leading the way on intelligent cars?

Awhile back, I wrote about the BMW X5 eDrive’s slick abilities to learn your driving habits, tell you how to improve those habits in order to drive more efficiently, adjust your driving for coming roadway changes, etc. Awesome stuff. And maybe BMW wasn’t the first to state that one of its cars would be capable of doing all of these things, but it’s the first I heard of such tech.

Surely, Tesla’s team doesn’t like to be seen as followers. Whether it was working on this sort of thing before BMW or not, I don’t know, but it did mention in its recent annual call that similar features would be coming to the Model S.

John Voelcker notes:

Software updates that will roll out later this year will, according to Musk, let a Model S “[learn] your behavior and just automatically [adjust] to what you want,” specifically including things like “traffic-based directions, and calendar integration, and anticipating where you are going–alerting you if there is traffic along the way and an alternate route may be better–and that kind of thing”

Pretty slick. Can’t wait for this to be the norm!

And this is something I haven’t seen at all before but have been waiting a long time for:

The traffic information will come from “cars operating collaboratively as a network, sort of a cloud sourced intelligence as to the traffic information,” and the quality of that information will improve the more Teslas there are in a given area

Good stuff. Of course, easier when you have software in a car that is stalking its drivers and sending the information back to headquarters. Many people get freaked out by this level of information sharing, but I love it. The more information that is shared, the more we can do cool stuff with it. I don’t think Dr Evil is lurking behind the corner looking to snatch away your life once it has the final bit of information on where you had lunch.

Image Credit: Tesla


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