Tesla Will Test Self-Driving Cars Outside of California

Feb 07, 2017 09:16 PM EST | Joyce Vega

Tesla had four self-driving cars that run over 500 miles on public roads. The purpose was to produce video demonstration of what the cars can do with their new hardware. But now Tesla has reached the roads outside of California for further testing of their self-driving cars.

 Electrek reported that it is important for Tesla to continue working on their fully self-driving program. A lot of Tesla customers have upgraded or bought new Tesla self-driving vehicles with a promise that the new hardware will eventually allow the cars to drive autonomously.

Tesla’s Autopilot is currently sitting at level 2 autonomous system, and Tesla requires to file for testing level 4 and level 5. They are also focusing on upgrading the Enhanced Autopilot software to level 2 and level 3. The software utilizes the same hardware, and when improved it could lead to full autonomy. Other than California, several other states have introduced rules to allow testing of level 4 and five autonomous driving system. Nevada and Michigan are the most popular ones.

According to Bloomberg, Tesla filed a lawsuit against its director of the Autopilot program, Sterling Anderson. The alleged reason was that Anderson has started working with Chris Urmson, the former head of Google’s self-driving car program. Chris Urmson oversaw about 1.8 million miles of driving with Waymo, while Anderson managed Autopilot’s hardware and software that helped steer Tesla through a regulatory probe involving a driver who died in a Tesla self-driving vehicle using the system. Umrson and Anderson started a company together called Aurora Innovation LLC.

The lawsuit alleges Anderson attempted to poach colleagues from Tesla and violated his contract. Aurora’s response called Tesla’s suit a malicious attempt to stifle a competitor. Engineers have many options for employment when it comes to the field of autonomous driving.

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