I recently set out to purchase a new car and my first choice was the Model S based purely on research, having never seen or actually driven it in real life. But unfortunately I live in East Tennessee, one of the last areas they plan to build charging stations. And there are no nearby dealers (even within hundreds of miles) to test drive etc. I figure I would wait it out thru one more lease cycle and then hopefully my area will be "Tesla friendly" by that time. This is all somewhat ironic because I grew up most of my life in Southern Cal, which seems like it might be the most Tesla friendly area. I will say that I've now actually seen one Model S cruising thru Knoxville on Interstate 40.
I'm getting around to my actual point here, so bear with me. My second choice was the Infiniti Q50S Performance Hybrid for various reasons, which I now own. This car regularly gets bad press for reasons I'm not quite sure since I quite enjoy it. It's the first car ever to employ steer-by-wire, which in turn allows some pretty innovative features I've really come to like. For example, when on the highway, I can put it in intelligent cruise control and the car pretty much drives itself, speeding up and slowing down with traffic flow, staying in the lane by itself (hands off steering wheel), etc. I wouldn't read a book while it's "driving itself", but it really is quite impressive.
So, my question is, have any of you heard rumors or rumblings about whether the Model S will begin to get such self driving features in the next few years? Coupling the Model S with features like this would be a great combination IMHO. I'm still planning on a Model S by 2016/17 time frame, but not sure I want to give up some of these innovations I've grown accustomed to.
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