Tesla cars will be self-driving this summerDrivers could take their hands off the wheel with a software update coming to Tesla's Model S cars. Also, Amazon gets the green light to fly drones, and Magic Leap teases what's possible for its augmented-reality system.
The future of owning a self driving car is becoming a reality this summer. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNet Update. [MUSIC] Self driving cars will be on the roads this summer. Tesla Motors announced that it will add. Self-driving software to current Model S sedans within the next three months. These are cars people can buy right now. With the software update drivers don't need to put their hands on the wheel to drive. Technically you don't even need to be in the seat for a tour. But this is very questionable legal territory we're getting into. Because the laws that exist for driverless cars were written for testing cars not or every Joe consumer to try it. The technology has the capability to be able to go from one destination to another on a roadtrip without a human touching anything. But Tesla says it allow that much autopilot freedom in this update. Also Tesla's electric cars will be getting another update. To monitor the status of charging stations. So drivers won't have to worry about running out of battery power, which is scary feeling, although not as scary as driving next to cars without people in the drivers seat. Amazon is also about to take off with a different sort of auto pilot. Delivery drones have been given the green light to take flight by the Federal Aviation Administration. Amazon has permission to conduct research on its Prime air delivery drone as long as these are remotely controlled by licensed pilots in the daylight and the drones cannot fly higher than 200 feet. Amazon also has to give the FAA monthly data on all these tests. Amazon is not the only tech company working on drones that can drop off packages. Google is working on a new Project Wing prototype. After the first single wing design failed. The head of the project said the drones had trouble hovering in high winds and cargo shifted to much. And sense we're talking about futuristic technology. The company Magic Leap is teasing the world with a video that shows how it could bring 3D animated images to the real world with special goggles. In the video, we get examples of how apps and email may be controlled in augmented reality. With menus floating around our field of vision, and then we see the wearer starts to play a video game, picking up virtual laser guns with hands to shoot robots that are appearing in the office. Magic Leap has yet to reveal what its headset or goggles would look like, so this is all very mysterious. mysterious. And this video is likely taking some creative liberties. And searching the truth in this portrayal of how advanced the technology could be. So maybe someday it won't be so far fetched. It's an area many are researching now, including Microsoft with it's hollow lens augmented reality head gear. That's your tech news update. And you can stay updated at Cnet.com. And you can also follow along on twitter, and subscribe to the podcast. From our studios in New York I'm Bridget Carey.