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Tesla Slams Brake on Driverless Cars

Contrary to the impression given by its latest announcement, the automaker has taken a prudent step back.
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You might have missed it from the way Tesla Motors just announced that all its new cars will have self-driving hardware, but the company Thursday put a brake on its autonomous-vehicle technology.

Naturally, it's installing sensing technology in all its vehicles now, because that's what the entire automotive industry is doing. Look at sales of Mobileye's EyeQ chip, the visual-recognition hardware that powered Tesla's autonomous systems before a falling-out between the companies this year. The number of cars being produced with this technology by other car manufacturers vastly outstrips Tesla's own volumes: