Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk has been outspoken in his support of Tesla’s (TSML) autopilot, which is expected to have a significant impact on how automakers approach the future of autonomous driving.
In a recent interview with Business Insider, Musk was asked about the company’s autopilot.
Here’s what he said:You don’t need a car.
You don,t need a steering wheel.
You need a phone.
You just need the capability to do things like say, “OK, I want to turn off my headlights, so I’m going to do that.”
You’re going to have to figure out, “How do I do this in a way that’s not going to make me nervous about driving?”
There are a lot of things that are going to change in the future, and this is a key part of it.
And we want to do the right thing by the people who have done the right things.
But Musk also acknowledged that Tesla is going to be “a little bit” limited by the speed at which autopilot is developed.
In the future where you’re talking about billions of miles of range, the autopilot will need to be able to do it at 100 percent efficiency.
In that scenario, Tesla is “probably going to need to have the technology to make it 100 percent efficient in a few years,” Musk said.
In other words, Tesla may not be able make autopilot 100 percent of the time.
But even if Tesla isn’t able to make autopilots 100 percent reliable, Musk’s comments about how much of an impact autopilot might have on the industry is a significant one.
In fact, Tesla will have to continue working on autopilot for decades, according to Musk.
Tesla will need that technology for “the foreseeable future,” he said.
There’s a lot at stake.
Musk said he expects to have autopilot in “the tens of millions” of vehicles that are currently on the road.
And the company is hoping to “have a lot” of autonomous cars in production within a few decades, he said, and they expect the technology will be “quite advanced.”
Tesla already has an autopilot feature in its Model S, which lets users control their car using voice commands.
Musk has said that he expects his company will be able “to be the first to offer the autopiloting functionality to a car on the mass market.”
Tesla’s autopiloted vehicles will likely be able control their speed using a combination of radar and lasers, a feature that could be used to help drivers avoid accidents.
The autopilot could also be used for driving on roads without sidewalks, as well as in other situations when cars may be “too far apart.”
In a statement, Tesla said it “will be a long time before autopilot can be fully integrated into the driving experience.”
“It will be in the tens of thousands,” Musk told Business Insider.
“But I don’t think we’ll ever reach that number, because it will be a matter of getting better at doing it.”