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Tesla cars will suddenly become self-driving tomorrow

Tesla cars will suddenly become self-driving tomorrow
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Ah, the self-driving car. It's been a dream for decades, a technological challenge for years and now the consumer reality is just around the corner. If you've been following the tech news for the last few years, however, it seems like it's taking a loooong time to get around that corner.

There are plenty of good reasons why self-driving cars haven't hit the showroom yet. For one, the technology is still being tweaked, although Google's self-driving cars have traveled more than a million miles with very few problems. There are also some legal questions to figure out, like who is at fault in accidents. Those are important, but it seems the pioneering electric car manufacturer Tesla has decided we've waited long enough.

Tomorrow, Tesla will roll out version 7.0 of its operating system for the Model S, which, among other things, turns on self-driving. Every Model S made since September, and every Model X, already includes the necessary sensors.

Now it's true that we're not talking about true point-A-to-point-B self driving. Instead it's bits and pieces, some of which you can already find in other cars, and others you'll wonder why we don't already have them.

Next page: Tesla's "self driving" features, and a reason to worry about them
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