Tesla CEO Elon Musk Says Full Self-Driving Feature Coming by Year-End
In another bold statement, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been announced that the company’s full self-driving feature to be completed by the end of this year.
Till the end of 2020, the electric car maker’s self-driving feature will be so capable that one can even snooze with the driver seat while the car takes the person to the desired destination, this Wired quoted Musk as saying on Wednesday.
“I think we can will be ‘feature complete’ on full self-driving this year, meaning the car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up, take you all the way to your goal without intervention this year,” Musk said during a podcast interview.
“I am sure of that. That is not any question mark.”
Musk’s revised timeline could be great news for Tesla buyers which have been waiting for the driverless feature for years.
Tesla said that each car produced since October 2016 has all the tools needed to drive itself.
Between October 2016 to October 2018, customers could pay an extra $3,000 or so for a “full self-driving” feature, which Tesla promised they would ultimately be able to unlock via a software update.
In January 2017, Musk said details of that feature would start moving out in three to six months. However, that did not happen.
In the podcast interview, Musk warned that it will take the company another year to get to the point where its cars can finally drive themselves.
“People sometimes will extrapolate (“feature complete”) to mean now (full self-driving) works with 100 percent certainty, requiring no observation, perfectly. This is not the case,” he was quoted as saying.
Musk said that Tesla drivers would be able to fall asleep and wake up at their destinations using full self-drive by the end of 2020.
Until then, drivers will have to continue to monitor the technology and be ready to take control of the wheel if something goes wrong, the report said.
In another tweet, Musk said that Tesla made zero cars in 2011 but will manufacture 10,000 cars per week in 2019.
“Tesla makes zero cars in 2011, but will make around 500,000 cars in 2019”.
“Expected to say annualized production rate at end of 2019 probably around 500k, ie 10k cars/week. Deliveries for the year still estimated to be about 400k,” he tweeted.