Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the company should have robotaxis on the roads by 2020, a surprise on timing. In an article on CNBC, 22, April by Lora Kolodny, Musk went on, “I feel very confident predicting autonomous robotaxis for Tesla next year.” He said that it will not happen in all jurisdictions because the firm does not have regulatory approval everywhere but there will be some areas in which they will have secured approval. Musk said that his optimism on the amount of data his company is able to gather from Tesla vehicles already on the road today – he uses this data then improves its software.
Musk and his Tesla Director, Pete Bannon, who is a former Apple executive, showed off the new Tesla chips emphasizing how they were deigned to process massive amounts of data quickly, without significantly heating up, or draining the vehicle`s batteries. Bannon claimed claimed the chips can potentially perform 7 times better than a competing product from Nvidia, which is in reference to its Xavier chips. Nvidia said that Tesla misstated details about its Xavier chips. There seems to be some disagreement between Tesla and Nvidia on performance of chips. New chips already in development at Tesla are likely to arrive in two years.
Tesla now sells a “Full Self-Driving” or FSD package for its vehicles for $5,000 or more if the software is installed after the vehicle is initially purchased. FSD features today a system called “Summon” which allows the driver to call their Tesla to roll out from the parking spot to where they are standing. It can also command the vehicle to go on-ramp or off-ramp, again by command.
Tesla claims that it can have taxis on the road that are effectively robots in 2020 – we didn`t see this coming – but this is Elon Musk.