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Tesla wants to make it safe to take your eyes off the road

Israeli technology would allow drivers to safely pass control of their vehicle to an automated navigation system.

Tesla Motors' vision for the future involves a car that can, in effect, "see" for you.

The U.S. electric automaker recently partnered with Israeli firm Mobileye to develop a vehicle capable of autonomous driving, avoiding collisions through the use of an artificial vision safety system. Unlike other driverless vehicles in development, the goal of Tesla's vehicle is to provide short-term convenience; allowing drivers to safely check a text message or assist a child in the backseat while the car temporarily takes over. 

“This is not automatic driving in which the driver types an address and goes to sleep,” Mobileye founder Prof. Amnon Shashua told TheMarker. “The system allows control to be given to it for a limited period."

According to reports, a single Tesla Model S was scheduled to arrive in Israel in May for testing. The artificial vision safety system developed by Mobileye is rumored to include five cameras – two in front, one in the back, and one on either side of the car. Tied to the car's navigation system, the assisted-driving technology would ensure a safe distance from other vehicles, maintain the center of the lane, identify traffic lights and signs, and much more. 

During an earnings report in February, Tesla CEO Elon Musk reiterated his company's push to integrate autonomous driving functions in the next version of their vehicles; saying that he prefers the term "autopilot" over "driverless." The 42-year-old says he expects Tesla to have the technology available in only a few years - with mass adoption by the auto industry in as little as a decade. 

"At this point, we’ve probably got the strongest autonomous driving engineering team of any car company, or maybe any company, and we can expect to be the first company in that market,” Musk said.

You can view an example of Mobileye's commercially available technology for driving assistance below. 



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Tesla wants to make it safe to take your eyes off the road
A Tesla Mobileye partnership means Tesla Motors' vision for the future may be playing out on roads in Israel right now.