We are living in the future.
Tesla is truly pushing the boundaries of automotive technology, with cars such as the Tesla Model S getting ready for fully autonomous driving. But captain Elon Musk is forever striving for more advancement and is starting to cross the boundaries between humankind and technology. And he also wants to incorporate cars into the equation. A few days ago Mr. Musk introduced the world to the first functioning example of his Neuralink system; a computer chip implanted into the brain of a pig named Gertrude. This chip Musk says is "kind of like a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires", and records the brain activity of Gertrude as she sniffs for food. This is a rudimentary example of how Musk plans to incorporate neural tech into the human brain.
Musk, who is famous for making bold claims, says that this new technology will allow Tesla drivers to summon their cars. Tesla currently offers a "Smart Summon" feature which enables its cars to navigate a parking lot and come to the driver, as long as their car is within their line of sight. Musk, who was asked in a Q&A session after the Neuralink demo whether or not this was possible quickly answered yes, and even stated that it would be "easy" to incorporate into the Neuralink system once it was up and running.
While Gertrude the pig seems happy enough with a chip implanted in her brain, Musk is yet to test the technology on actual humans but has recently received an FDA breakthrough designation that takes it one step closer to being implemented. These are bold moves, but we remember a time when people didn't believe it when Musk said that we would build reusable rockets. We will be keeping a close eye on the development of the Neuralink system to see how this technology helps to improve the Tesla ownership experience in years to come.