Elon Musk has always been known for making major announcements related to Tesla. Musk was indeed the first person to announce some of Tesla’s major rollouts, including the most recent Tesla Updates – The Dog Mode and Sentry Mode.
This time Musk has come up with an even more groundbreaking announcement.
Elon Musk, in a discussion with Tasha Keeney and Cathie Wood from ARK Invest, was seen as making a major announcement on Tesla’s Self-Driving Technology.
Musk mentioned that Tesla will be able to achieve complete Self-Driving Functionality by the end of 2019. This includes the owner summoning a Tesla from the parking slot, the car driving you all by itself to your destination, dropping you off, and then going to find a parking slot and parking by itself.
Though the technology will be fully automatic, it would still require human presence behind the wheels.
If Tesla is indeed able to achieve the same, that could be a huge achievement. This will make Tesla the first private car to be fully equipped with Self-Driving Technology. Though there are many cars currently available in the market with Cruise Control enabled, none of those features currently hosts the magnitude of Self-Driving Experience that Musk just announced.
This is not the first time that Elon made comments on the futuristic capability of Tesla Autopilot. In one of his 2017 TED talks, he was seen as making a strikingly similar statement. In the TED Talk, Musk was seen as focussing on the concept of a Shared Autonomous Fleet wherein the car would actually drop you at your destination by navigating on its own, act as Taxi or Private Rental Car at the time while you are in the office, and later come and pick you up once you are done with the work.
This concept, if made possible would actually succeed in reducing the number of vehicles on the road, and provide the owner with an additional income as well.
Of all the Technical Suites that make Self-Driving possible, Musk believes that Cameras play the most crucial role. Hence, this year, at Tesla, the Self-Driving Technical suits may mostly be focussing on improving Camera Architecture in Autonomous Navigation, if they are to roll out this feature by the end of this year.