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Tesla’s Electric Vehicles To Find Parking Spot On Their Own By 2019

"Model 3" has been available for over a year now with the 'Long-Range' battery pack version for 310 miles of range

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Announcing major improvements for Tesla’s Autopark (Summon) feature, CEO Elon Musk has said the company’s electric vehicles would be able to find a parking spot and even read signs for parking instruction to avoid tickets by next year.

The “AutoPark” feature comes with “Autopilot” which is its semi-autonomous driver assistance system. When prompted by a driver, the feature can move a vehicle into a parking spot.

“By next year, a Tesla should be able to drive around a parking lot, find an empty spot, read signs to confirm it’s valid and park,” Musk tweeted late Wednesday.

The electric carmaker’s “Autopilot” feature also uses software and hardware to enable automatic steering, braking, accelerating and lane changing under certain conditions.

“Musk described the technology as a ‘slightly smarter version’ of the automaker’s ‘Autopark’ feature which currently enables a Tesla to parallel park or perpendicular park on its own once the car is next to a clearly marked open spot,” reported USA Today.

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Tesla CEO- Elon Musk. (VOA)

The company has faced flak calling it “Autopilot”, since drivers are supposed to keep their hands touching the steering wheel.

Last month, the electric car maker announced a version of “Model 3” with a new ‘mid-range’ battery pack for $45,000 before incentives.

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“Costs $35k after federal and state tax rebates in California, but true cost of ownership is closer to $31k after gas savings,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter.

“Model 3” has been available for over a year now with the ‘Long-Range’ battery pack version for 310 miles of range. (IANS)

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Would Elon Musk Be Able to Drive Tesla Cars in India?

In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Tesla headquarters at Palo Alto, California and met Musk who gave Modi a tour of the company's electric car plant

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has once again vouched to make India his next big market but the question lingers: Will the electric car ever run on desi roads?

Breaking his silence over India after 10 months, Musk tweeted late Friday that he would love to be in India in 2019 or next year.

“Would love to be there this year. If not, definitely next! India,” Musk tweeted to a user.

His tweet came after Musk earlier blamed the Indian government’s restrictive policies for giving up on his India dreams.

Musk also blamed the FDI norms for the delay in the electric car maker’s entry into the Indian market.

Earlier this year, Tesla’s Indian-origin Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja announced his retirement from the firm, thus bringing Musk’s India dream to a halt again.

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Jeff Solie plugs in his electric car Tesla sedan at his home, in New Berlin, Wis., July 13, 2017. Electric cars are seeing growing support around the world. But there’s a problem: There aren’t enough places to plug those cars in. VOA

Musk wanted to drive Tesla in India in 2017 and Ahuja, who worked out of Tesla’s San Carlos headquarters, quit the company in 2015 only to rejoin in 2017.

In May last year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he would still love to roll out Tesla electric cars in India but the tough government regulations have forced him to apply the brakes on his plans.

“Would love to be in India. Some challenging government regulations, unfortunately,” Musk tweeted in response to a Twitter user who wrote “No Tesla in India” on his Twitter handle.

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“Deepak Ahuja, our CFO, is from India.Tesla will be there as soon as he believes we should,” added Musk, also the SpaceX founder.

Tesla was expected to enter India with the Model 3 that sells for nearly $35,000.

In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Tesla headquarters at Palo Alto, California and met Musk who gave Modi a tour of the company’s electric car plant. (IANS)