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Elon Musk Says Tesla Cars Will Soon Be Able to Steer and Parallel Park Themselves

Elon Musk Says Tesla Cars Will Soon Be Able to Steer and Parallel Park Themselves

Elon Musk, CEO & CTO SpaceX

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For a man deeply concerned about the proliferation of artificial intelligence, this one seems a tad ironic, but here it is regardless: Elon Musk said that Tesla cars will soon be ready to steer and parallel park themselves.

In a series of tweets on Friday, the Tesla CEO announced that the company is primed to release a software update that will allow its cars to auto-steer and parallel park.

First, however, there is one more kink that needs to be worked out, namely ensuring that the software can decipher light road markings at dusk.

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The software, Musk tweeted, will allow the car to react more expertly over time.

Tesla, of course, isn't the only company actively involved in automated driving. Google has been testing self-driving cars on the open road since 2009.

Musk's announcement wasn’t unexpected. Tesla has already dipped its wheels in the automation space. Available features include sensors that detect objects within 16 feet, lane-departure and blind-spot warnings, as well as adaptive cruise control. 

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