Tesla will launch its first fleet of autonomous robotaxis by 2020

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Its plan for fully autonomous driving is by not new, it is the first time CEO and founder Elon Musk has gone into such depth into the details of the AI tech that Tesla is developing, and it has both the media and autonomous vehicle (AV) world talking.

Chief Executive Elon Musk said Tesla Inc robotaxis with no human drivers would be available in some US markets next year, continuing a habit of bold pronouncements that have excited many investors while often missing deadlines.

"Probably two years from now we'll make a vehicle with no steering wheels or pedals", Musk predicted, while acknowledging he is often late to meet aggressive targets.

He added: "I feel very confident in predicting autonomous robotaxis next year".

He also said that someday Tesla drivers will be able to select an aggressive "LA Traffic" Autopilot mode that comes with a "slight chance of a fender bender". Samsung Electronics Co. will manufacture the chips in Austin, Texas, he said.

April 15 - Musk says that buying a auto that can not upgrade to full self-driving is like "buying a horse instead of a vehicle in 2019".

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"A year from now we will have over a million cars with full self driving computer, hardware, everything". Regardless, Tesla is confident its custom design is best suited to quickly processing the massive amounts of data collected by its car's sensors, so it can make safe driving decisions without draining the vehicle battery.

It has named Dallas and Los Angeles in the United States as the first two cities for the commercial launch of its aerial taxi service by 2023 and has been on the lookout to select an worldwide city as its third partner. But unlike its competitors, Tesla's cabs won't have a driver inside.

"Unfortunately, it may be necessary for several people to die before regulators step in", Shladover said. And experts say there's no federal law requiring preapproval for fully autonomous driving, as long as a vehicle meets federal safety standards, which Teslas do. Tesla would get 20% to 25% of each fare in the network. Firstly that was with the viability of electric vehicles, and now it's in autonomous driving technology.

Tesla's ride-share service, called Tesla Network, would let users transform their Model S and Model 3s into shareable taxis that transport riders autonomously to their destination. And all the cars in Waymo's ride-hailing service still have a human behind the steering wheel ready to take control.

"Vehicles that don't have Lidar, that don't have advanced radar, that haven't captured a 3-D map are not self-driving vehicles", Ken Washington, Ford's chief technical officer, said during a recent interview with Recode.

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