Last week, Musk stated that Tesla's present production lineup the Model S, Model X, and the upcoming Model 3 are equipped with hardware that will soon allow them to be fully autonomous and driverless. He also mentioned the Tesla Network, and hinted that it may eventually take on Uber.
Earlier this year Musk revealed the “Master Plan, Part Deux” where he observed, "When true self-driving is approved by regulators, it will mean that you will be able to summon your Tesla from pretty much anywhere. Once it picks you up, you will be able to sleep, read or do anything else en route to your destination. You will also be able to add your car to the Tesla shared fleet just by tapping a button on the Tesla phone app and have it generate income for you while you're at work or on vacation, significantly offsetting and at times potentially exceeding the monthly loan or lease cost. In cities where demand exceeds the supply of customer-owned cars, Tesla will operate its own fleet, ensuring you can always hail a ride from us no matter where you are," added Musk.
Musk also outlined the future strategy for the company:
- Create stunning solar roofs with seamlessly integrated battery storage
- Expand the electric vehicle product line to address all major segments
- Develop a self-driving capability that is 10X safer than manual via massive fleet learning
- Enable your car to make money for you when you aren't using it
Teslas with the "Full Self-Driving Capability" are already available online. These self driving cars come with a disclaimer that states: "Please note that using a self-driving Tesla for car sharing and ride hailing for friends and family is fine, but doing so for revenue purposes will only be permissible on the Tesla Network, details of which will be released next year."
Uber also plans to launch self-driving autonomous cars. Last month, it launched Pittsburgh Pilot where select users can hail self driving Ubers. They can read traffic lights and stop signs. All this is backed by a well-established network.However, the Pittsburgh Pilot still requires human supervision.
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