Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that he expects to have self-driving robotaxis on the road by 2020.
He made this announcement at Tesla Autonomy Day, where he and his senior colleagues discussed a new and improved microchip for autonomous vehicles.
Musk also told his audience that he expects to including self-driving ride-hailing services in some areas once regulators approve the system.
“I feel very confident in predicting autonomous robotaxis next year,” he stated.
Whilst it is not certain what mobility service model Musk will take, the CEO did liken it to Uber and Airbnb – albeit rather broad.
Musk also boasted that the new chip was currently the best on the market, which has already sparked retaliation from the likes of NVIDIA.
“Tesla was inaccurate in comparing its Full Self Driving computer at 144 TOPS of processing with Nvidia Drive Xavier at 21 TOPS,” a spokesman said in an email. “The correct comparison would have been against Nvidia’s full self-driving computer, Nvidia Drive AGX Pegasus, which delivers 320 TOPS for AI perception, localization and path planning.”
At level 4 autonomy, Tesla vehicles cannot truly be classified as ‘self-driving’. The vehicle can only be driven autonomously with a human behind the wheel.
Level 5 is the only standard that can be classed as a true self-driving vehicle.