American all-electric car maker Tesla unveiled its newest much-hyped vehicle, the 'D' at an event in in Los Angeles. The Tesla D is essentially a more powerful, smarter, all-wheel-drive variant of the company's Model S sedan, with the 'D' standing for dual-motor.
While two motors – one for the front wheels, one for the rear – make the car a lot more powerful – it can do 0-100 kmph in 3.2 seconds flat – Elon Musk, founder of Tesla claims it's also more efficient. However, that's just half the story. The new car has a host of sensors and cameras that allow it to change lanes, obey speed limit signs and even park itself.
The Tesla D in no way is an autonomous self-driving car, but it certainly is a major step in that direction. All-wheel-drive luxury sedans already exist, and so do semi-autonomous vehicles, and in essence Tesla has caught up with the competition.
The new autopilot features will be available on both the Tesla Model S as well as the new Model D, and will be comprised of a image-recognition camera, a 360-degree sonar and a long-distance radar system. The cars will be able to brake in emergencies, automatically correct the driving path if a driver veers out of a lane.
All the above mentioned features have been on offer from various traditional vehicle manufacturers for some time now, but the Tesla does have a few party tricks. If a driver engages the turn signal, the car can automatically change lanes and even decelerate when it recognizes that the speed limits have changed.
Finally, the Tesla cars will be able to park themselves at home, however they won't be able to plug themselves in just yet. Heading out for work in the morning? Owners will be able to summon their Tesla Model S', which will make its way to the door by itself.
All that tech does cost a pretty penny though. Prices for the Model S will start at $71,000, while the top of the line P85D variant will cost $120,000, that's about $14,000 more than the current version of the car.