Tesla Promises Fully Autonomous Vehicle by The End of The Year



Elon Musk announced on Thursday that Tesla was very close to the Fully Autonomous Vehicle Stage 5, the one that allows a car to travel on a road without the intervention of a driver at the wheel.
 
Elon Musk in a video message at the opening of the World Conference on Artificial Intelligence (WAIC) in Shanghai


Elon Musk announced on Thursday that Tesla was very close to Stage 5 of the Fully Autonomous Vehicle, the one that allows a car to move on a road without the intervention of a driver at the wheel. "I'm extremely confident about the arrival of stage 5, which is basically full autonomy, and I think it will happen very quickly," Tesla's managing director said in a video message at the opening of the World Conference on Artificial Intelligence (WAIC) in Shanghai.


"I'm extremely confident about the arrival of stage 5, which is basically full autonomy, and I think it will happen very quickly," 

Tesla's managing director said in a video message at the opening of the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai.

"I remain confident that we'll have the basic functionality for Level 5 autonomy this year."

Despite the billions of dollars invested in autonomous vehicles by car manufacturers and high-tech groups like Waymo (a subsidiary of Alphabet) and Uber Technologies, some experts believe the technology is not yet ready.

Moreover, the general public will have to be convinced of the reliability of the system.

Tesla Fully Autonomous Vehicle technology not yet achieved

For the time being, Tesla only offers on its vehicles an autonomous driving aid, called Autopilot, which allows the driver in certain situations to take his hands off the wheel.
 
Tesla Model S


Tesla has been preparing for years to achieve this level of autonomy. And has already adapted certain vehicles, such as the Model 3, to a very advanced use of fully autonomous driving. These cars have a video surveillance camera in the passenger compartment for the launch of a "robotaxi" service.

In concrete terms, Model 3 owners could entrust their vehicle to an automated transport system when they are not using it. Passengers could then use the vehicle to move around using an application, as if they were commanding a VTC race.



According to data released Wednesday by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), Tesla sales in China rose 35% in June to 14,954 vehicles sold.

The California-based group last week robbed Toyota of its position as the world's largest automaker in termsof market capitalization by surpassing the $200 billion mark.

Legal obstacles remain to be overcome

In theory, the vehicle should then come directly to them, and then follow with one or more other runs once the passengers have been dropped off. It is not known, when the technology is available, where this service will be inaugurated. Of course, there are many unknowns that should slow down the deployment of the service around the world.


First and foremost because countries must agree to change their traffic regulations to allow vehicles to circulate in a completely autonomous manner. Secondly, because the service is in competition with taxis (which are already suffering from the arrival of VTC services) and VTC services themselves.
When we see the outcry that the arrival of platforms like Uber has caused among professionals, we tell ourselves that the game will not be easy for a future robotaxi service... The fact remains that for owners of compatible vehicles, having a Tesla that drives itself will at least be a huge gain in comfort.






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