No hands! Tesla talk about driverless electric cars

Tesla’s namesake invented a coil that could make your hair stand on end – and the firm’s new plans for electric cars could do just that. Tesla Motors’ chief executive […]

By Vicky Ellis

Tesla’s namesake invented a coil that could make your hair stand on end – and the firm’s new plans for electric cars could do just that.

Tesla Motors’ chief executive Elon Musk is talking to Google about adapting its electric car models with driverless technology, according to Bloomberg.

Today the car firm announced it is the top selling electric car maker in the USA with models such as the Roadster (pictured) on offer and it is upping its sales expectations for 2013 – but its other ideas for the future are even more eye-raising.

Mr Musk told Bloomberg this week: “Self-driving sounds like it’s going to do something you don’t want it to do. Autopilot is a good thing to have in planes, and we should have it in cars.”

Search engine giant Google has pioneered self-driving car technology which uses lasers and radars to sense its way around other cars and roads, unveiling a prototype in 2011.

Google’s lead developer on the project, Sebastian Thun believes driverless cars could save 90% of commute time and energy on top of cutting 90% of traffic accidents.