Lotus Eletre Takes on Tesla with Superior Autonomy and Hands-Off Driving!
Lotus is aiming for Level 4 autonomy with its 2024 Lotus Eletre model. The company is confident that it can achieve this goal by incorporating lidar sensors into the vehicle.
In comparison, Tesla currently offers Level 2 autonomy, which requires drivers to remain alert and ready to take control. Tesla's decision to eliminate radar and rely solely on cameras for its driver assistance system has been criticized by industry experts, who believe it has hindered the company's progress in self-driving technology. As a result, rival brands such as GM may have an edge with their combination of radar and cameras.
Recently, Li Bo, the CEO of Lotus Robotics division, shared his preferred method of measuring success for self-driving technology. Bo believes in a "hands-off" approach that gauges the distance a vehicle can travel without any human intervention. The current test version of Eletre can drive over 120 miles in varied conditions without any intervention. Lotus Robotics aims to increase this number to 62,150 miles without any human interaction.
The 2024 Lotus Eletre, currently available in China, will have the ability to enhance its autonomy through Over-The-Air updates. When it hits the US market in 2024, it may even feature hands-off self-driving capabilities. Lotus aims to personalize the Eletre's autonomous behavior to cater to different types of drivers. Those who prefer a more leisurely pace will have a more laid-back autonomous driving experience, while enthusiastic drivers can frequently experience the car's rapid acceleration.