US Expecting Telsa Robotaxis By 2020
Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has made an announcement that that his company will produce automated taxis with no human drivers by next year.
Renowned for making blue-sky statements, then missing deadlines, Musk’s comments do however excite investors.
This week Musk unveiled his concept for the driverless taxis, which is underpinned by a new microchip, and has no steering wheel or pedals.
The chip is now in all vehicles and is hoped to give Tesla an edge over rivals, exemplifying their significant investment in the technology.
Although Tesla is expected to announce a quarterly loss on fewer deliveries of its Model 3 sedan, Musk remains defiant by saying Tesla was the only company to have a full self-driving suite of hardware and that is it’s financially insane to buy something other than a Tesla.
However Tesla’s definition of “full self-driving” is dubious as the vehicles are not yet “Level 4” or fully autonomous by industry standards. The Level 4 status means that the car can handle all aspects of driving in most circumstances with no human intervention.
With the hardware complete, Musk has said that improvements in software will allow vehicles to be fully self-driving in the future.
However, there are still many regulatory hurdles.
There are other players in the market including Alphabet Inc’s Waymo and Uber Technologies Inc, but experts say it will be years before the vehicles are ready for deployment.
24 April 2019