Tesla CEO Elon Musk is predicting that his company will have a fully autonomous vehicle on the road by next year.
He’s told a podcast with Ark Invest that he thinks the company will be “future complete” on self-driving cars this year, “Meaning the car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up, take you all the way to your destination without an intervention. This year.”
He explained that the cars will become “literally and figuratively” a vehicle for autonomous software.
He added, “I am certain of that. That is not a question mark.”
But, he added, there is a question of regulation. “When will regulators allow us even to have these features turned on with human oversight?” he said. “That’s a variable that we have no control on, and when we are allowed without human oversight… my guess as to when we will think it’s safe for someone to fall asleep until the end of regulation, probably next year, but I don’t know when regulators will agree.”
And, talking geography, he said “We’ve generally found the regulators in China to be smart, the US at a federal level to be good as well. California can be over-zealous.. Europe is a little conservative in this regard.”