On a podcast yesterday with Cathie Wood and Tasha Keeney of ARK Invest, a firm that owns shares in Tesla, Elon Musk has claimed that Tesla cars will have all the features needed to fully operate without drivers by the end of 2019, CNBC News is reporting:
“I think we will be feature complete — full self-driving — this year,” Musk said. “Meaning the car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up and take you all the way to your destination without intervention, this year. I would say I am of certain of that. That is not a question mark.”
“However,” he added, “people sometimes will extrapolate that to mean now it works with 100 percent certainty, requires no observation, perfectly. This is not the case.”
Musk has made similar comments previously during the electric car maker’s fourth-quarter earnings call. He did, however, add that the speed at which the technology makes it into the hands of customers depends on what regulators will allow.
“My guess as to when we would think it is safe for somebody to essentially fall asleep and wake up at their destination? Probably towards the end of next year,” Musk added. He further said that within two years, the technology will allow cars to operate without any help from a driver at all.
Tesla has not released any official comment regarding Musk’s latest claims. The CEO previously stated a fully self-driving Tesla would be possible by the end of 2017, but that never happened.