The era of autonomous taxis, where large smart cities will coexist with several cars without a driver, is closer than we think. At least to Elon Musk’s projection. The executive said at a meeting with investors held April 22 that Tesla’s autonomous vehicle network will be in operation by 2020.
According to media reports, he compared his company’s initiative with services like Uber and Lyft. In these services, a person pays for a private driver to take them from one place to another. In the case of Tesla vehicles, however, there will be no driver. But only the self-guided car.
These vehicles would not use a system of lasers to get around. That is, no LiDAR sensors. Tesla will equip its vehicles with eight cameras. This would give them a 360 ° view capable of using software to know when a car changes lane or not.
Tesla’s idea is that owners of brand vehicles leave them working (and earning money) until they need them. Musk explained that the company will be charged 25% to 30% of the amount charged to customers. It’s nothing very different from that already practiced by companies in the industry.
And Tesla’s shared car service would not limit itself to using its customers’ cars. In some places, when needed, the company would put its own “robotaxis” on the street to carry passengers. One way or another, the company’s promise is bold.
“If you move forward in a year, who knows in a year and three months, we’ll have more than 1 million robotaxis on the streets,” Musk said. He assured that, by the end of 2019, his company will deliver fully autonomous steering systems ready to tackle dense urban areas. Like New York and San Francisco, .
And in order to face an already established market full of initiatives such as carpooling, Musk promises to significantly lower the costs of a race. If in conventional services the running kilometer of a race costs $ 1.25 to $ 1.90, Tesla expects to reduce that to a whopping $ 0.11.
Waiting for the law
Musk’s ideas look very advanced. Despite the short deadline. It’s worth noting that other stand-alone taxi initiatives are still in their infancy. While the Tesla project sounds ripe and ready to hit the streets. Again, at least in Musk’s words.
Earlier this month, the executive spoke about how ready his company cars are for this new phase. “What is not well understood is that Tesla cars made today will be able to do it for you,” Musk replied to someone who asked if cars could someday make money on their own.
That’s exactly the idea. What’s not well understood is that Tesla cars being made *today* will be able to do that for you. Just a matter of finishing the software & going through regulatory approval. Will be explained in depth via live webcast on April 22.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 5, 2019
“It’s just a matter of finalizing the software and going through regulatory approval. This will be explained in depth in the live webcast on April 22, “added the executive making a reference to the event yesterday.