For several years, Elon Musk has wanted to make Tesla electric cars 100% autonomous without a human driver behind the wheel. Elon Musk has just confirmed that this 100% autonomous driving will be fully operational next year.
Since September 2015, Elon Musk has repeatedly pushed back 100% autonomous driving of Tesla electric cars. This technology is not yet available in 2022. We are indeed talking about the autonomous driving system level 5, that is, the car has the maximum level of automation. She is able to do everything on her own. There is no need for a human driver behind the wheel which is also useless.
Today, Tesla’s Autopilot automates some features like parking, but it’s still far from fully autonomous. It is between level 2 and 3 of 100% autonomous driving. However, Elon Musk has just made a new promise about the autonomous driving of his Tesla electric cars.
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Autonomous driverless Tesla cars from 2023?
Tesla CEO traveled to Brazil for local government partnership that aims to launch a Starlink connection program for the Amazon regions. Tesla was therefore not the subject of this visit, but Elon Musk still slipped a few words to journalists.
According to Elon Musk, Tesla will have fully autonomous electric cars without a human driver within a year, circa May 2023. The FSD (Full Self-Driving Capability) version is the most complete version of Autopilot, i.e. level 5 of the autonomous driving system. Updates are regularly rolled out based on data collected to improve the system, but it is not yet ready for use without the supervision of a driver.
Even if Elon Musk seems sure of himself, his words sow doubt, especially at the legal level. This is indeed far from being its first promise on 100% autonomous driving. Tesla hopes to make its FSD system reliable enough to use without a driver, but it is still not possible at the moment. In any case, Elon Musk did not give any additional details on this 100% autonomous driving which should be operational in mid-2023.