Tesla cars can officially drive themselves -- someday (The 3:59, Ep. 127)
Tesla, Nintendo, LeEco, oh my. We discuss three companies hyping new ideas for familiar technology and wonder whether anyone is buying the pitch.
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But don't expect your car to drop you off and park itself anytime soon. Elon Musk's company said that full self-driving Autopilot won't be available until it has undergone millions of miles of road testing. And like Google, Ford and everyone else developing driverless vehicles, Tesla must wait for government regulators to figure out what's legal on the road.
Also on this podcast, we chat about the Nintendo Switch, a device that can transform from handheld and tablet gaming on the go into a console experience on a TV. We also discuss LeEco, a Chinese company launching itself in the US as a Netflix, Apple and, yes, Tesla all rolled into one.
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