Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s Dual Motor and Autopilot, at the highly anticipated D event. The Dual Motor and Autopilot are the company’s latest upgrades to the Model S, resulting in greater speed, efficiency and safety.
The Dual Motor is an innovation built in the front and back trunks of the Model S. The front and back driving units enable power to be shifted dynamically from front to rear at millisecond level, eventually achieving constant efficiency for each motor.
The vehicle adjusts quickly to the shifts, more than is possible in mechanical systems. The digital systems are also able to achieve better road handling in comparison to a single engine. The upgrade of the motor results in faster acceleration, higher top speed and increase in the range efficiency, thus overcoming the penalty of the bigger model mass.
Any motor engine has a power vs. efficiency curve, which distinguishes among driving capabilities and efficiency. For example, the default behavior of a car could be traction control and road holding, while the second would be efficiency, dependent on power and speed. Hence, a vehicle with a Dual Motor improves every aspect of the driving experience.
Tesla’s target for measuring performance of the Model S is McLaren F1 which can go from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds. When released, future drivers of the Model S would be able to choose from three speeds, namely normal, sport, and insane. The company will also continue updating its software and hardware under various different circumstances and nuances over time.
Musk introduced the upgraded version of the Autopilot, bringing it to market faster than expected. As of date, every car that has been recently produced has an already built in Autopilot.
Tesla’s Autopilot consists of four parts. A forward looking radar can see things at longer distances and through fog, snow and sand. An image recognition camera can read signs, identify pedestrians and stop at traffic lights. A 360 degree long range ultrasonic sonar, that establishes a protective layer around the vehicle, can see all soft objects like a small child or dog, as well as detect a car in a blind spot and highway barrier, at any speed from 0-150 miles per hour. Lastly, a GPS system can integrate navigation with real time traffic, enabling the car to do almost anything.
The Autopilot can practically provide lane keeping on freeways, automatic cruise control, emergency braking, self parking, automatic parallel and garage parking. Equipped with electric mechanical braking systems, Tesla’s vehicles can quickly get to high braking levels. In addition, electric steering can provide fully electric digital control, resulting in a great driving experience. Nonetheless, despite the gains in autonomy from the Autopilot, the drivers will steel need to have high control of the vehicles.
The upgraded features of the vehicles are connected to a new interface allowing drivers to see where cars and obstacles are around the car, keep track of the distance and cars moving to the sides and behind, adjust the autopilot, monitor visual warnings for potential collision risks and obtain tactical feedback whenever heading something the car thinks Is dangerous.