Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) does not want to be left behind when it comes to building self-driving cars. The electric car manufacturer, headed by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, is joining the race to build autonomous vehicles and is currently hiring engineers with experience in applying advanced control theory to autonomous driving technologies in a research environment.
Tesla looking for Engineers
Based on the job listing of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), it is looking for an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Control Engineer who will be responsible for developing vehicle-level decision-making and lateral and longitudinal control strategies for the electric car manufacturer’s effort to pioneer fully-automated driving. The engineer is also responsible for developing algorithm validation methods that reduce development time and improve confidence in Tesla’s strategies.
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Requirements by Tesla
To be able to qualify for the position, a candidate must have 5 years of experience or a PhD thesis on controls development and validation in advanced driver assistance systems, in addition to a number of requirements enumerated by Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA).
Currently, the Model S vehicle of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) lacks driver assistance features such as automatic adaptive cruise control, which uses radar to set the distance behind another car and lane departure warning. Some of the car manufacturers, such as Nissan Motor Co. Ltd (TYO:7201) (OTCMKTS:NSANY), Daimler AG (ETR:DAI) (OTCMKTS:DDAIF), and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (TYO:7267) (ADR) (NYSE:HMC) released semi-autonomous driving models.
Nissan’s Infiniti, Daimler’s Mercedes, and Honda’s Acura are now offering features that maintain the cars in their lane without the need for the driver to control the steering wheel.
Last month, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd (TYO:7201) (OTCMKTS:NSANY) announced that it would be able to release multiple and fully autonomous vehicles by 2020. According to Andy Palmer, Nissan’s executive vice president, the “frustrating and unproductive commutes could become a thing of the past.”
Palmer emphasized that technologies that support self-driving cars, such as adaptive cruise control, electronic steering and throttle controls, as well as added sensors and road-monitoring capabilities are already able and the company is improving the technology.
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd (TYO:7201) (OTCMKTS:NSANY) is willing to work with different companies including Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) to develop self-driving cars. Google previously stated that its systems would be ready over the next three to five years. There had been speculations that it might end up building its own self-driving car.
Only three states, California, Florida, and Nevada allow car manufacturers and Google to test self-driving cars on its roads, as long as a person is inside the vehicle.