Tesla plans to launch a network of taxis on autopilot in 2020

Tesla plans to launch the first robotaksi inpart of an extensive autonomous ridesharing program (that is, when many people use one car at once) in 2020. The general director of the company, Ilon Mask, announced this during a company event called Autonomy Day. “I feel confident in predicting that Tesla’s autonomous robotaxy will be next year - but not in all jurisdictions, because we haven’t received regulatory approval from everywhere,” Musk said, without going into details about regulation. He also added that he is confident that the company will receive approval next year.

All essence in the new presented module. Tesla autopilot will work with the new Full Self-Driving (FSD) Hardware 3. Tesla software and hardware module. Tesla will allow owners to add their appropriately equipped cars in the ridesharing application, which will work on the same business model as Uber or Airbnb. Tesla will take 25-30 percent of the profits from these trips, says Musk. In places where there are not so many people who want to share their cars, Tesla will provide a fleet of robotaxi specifically. However, ridesharing will allow owners to earn about $ 500 a month.

The fleet of autonomous robotic taxis Tesla will unfold in 2020

Musk talked about the Tesla Network and the desire to allow car owners to send them to work through the app since 2016.

All new Tesla cars are manufactured today.With a special computer chip of complete self-government, Musk told about this at an event on Monday. This chip provides everything you need for self-driving Tesla, which, according to Mask, will be the best in the world. Recall that Tesla electric cars are equipped with a set of sensors like radar and cameras, but they do not have a lidar, a light detector and a range radar sensor, which, according to most automakers, is very necessary. Musk believes that it is not necessary. He also added that the probability of system failure is lower than the likelihood of a driver having a heart attack.

The introduction of new features will literally allowcars move completely autonomously, and not like now - only on the highway, supporting the lane and demanding that the driver follow the road. The final step will be software, which, according to Mask, will be fully completed by the middle of next year.

"From our point of view, if you go back for a year,a year and three months ahead, but exactly next year - we will have a million robotaxi on the roads, ”says Musk. “This fleet will wake up after the renewal that will come through the air; that's all".

From interesting - the system works on the basis of70 billion kilometers of data collected by all Tesla cars. According to Mask, this allows for cases that are not available for manual simulation. Thus, cars will be able to predict the strange behavior of other cars and prevent it - for example, if someone cuts.

Musk also noted many times that fulla self-managing fleet will require regulatory approval — but which one, he did not say. While in the USA there are no laws regarding the regulation of autonomous transport. We'll have to wait for official comments on this topic.

In the future, according to Mask, robotaxi willreturn home and automatically park and recharge. Do you think Ilon will guess with his own promises this time? Tell us in our chat in Telegram.