Tesla's New 'Autopilot' Car Wins Rave Reviews

Elon Musk reveals dual-engine Model S that can self-park
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2014 11:54 AM CDT

Tesla's newly unveiled version of its electric car is earning headlines that include phrases such as "the future of driving" (Business Insider). Much of the buzz centers on the vehicle's automated driving system—it falls short of being considered a self-driving car, explains CEO Elon Musk, but it comes pretty close in some ways, reports the Wall Street Journal. The vehicles have radar, sonar, and cameras that allow them to detect trouble and evade a crash on their own, adjust speed automatically, and even self-park. “You'll be able to step out of the car and have it park itself in your garage," promises Musk. Also of note: This new "D" line of its Model S sedans will have two motors (the "D" stands for "dual") and all-wheel drive, and its ability to go from zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds "put[s] it in a class with the quickest production cars on the road," writes Will Oremus at Slate.

As with the previous Teslas, all this comes at a price: The 60D model starts at $75,000, the 85D at $85,000, and the high-performance P85D at $120,000. Drivers of the latter model can choose a performance setting of "normal," "sport," or "insane," notes CNNMoney. The company let car writers take the new Ds for a spin, and the reviews seem universally positive in terms of both automotive power and whiz-bang gadgetry. But that price? "Now that it's re-established its position as the true innovator in the auto industry, maybe Tesla can go back to work on building a wonderful electric car more of us can take home," writes Alex Davies at Wired. (Read more Tesla stories.)

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