Artificial Intelligence

Tesla cars could be fully autonomous in three years, says Elon Musk

The Breakthrough

Elon Musk touched on the autonomous features that Tesla is developing, saying “my guess for when we’ll have full autonomy is approximately three years.” In the next month, AutoPilot features that provide automatic steering, accelerating, and breaking will roll out to existing Tesla vehicles. Musk warns, however, that regulators won’t allow full autonomy when Tesla has it ready. Musk also mentioned that by 2020 he believes he’ll be able to drive a Tesla 1200km without needing a charge.

The Implications

Apple and Google are targeting around 2020 for their autonomous vehicles, but if Musk’s predictions are accurate, then Tesla will beat them. Musk believes its more likely that autonomous cars will be more widely and rapidly adopted than electric cars. Watch the entire interview below:

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