Tesla has been at the forefront of revolutionizing the world of driving. The company has launched many cars that combine artificial intelligence with driving mechanisms, thus producing self-driving cars.
The cars that are currently available still need a human driver, and the AI takes over in certain situations or controls a specific function. However, the reality of a fully-self-driven car may be closer than we think.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the company’s plans for this year.
Let’s find out more.
WHAT DID ELON MUSK SAY ABOUT TESLA?
CEO Musk spoke via video at the opening of Shanghai’s annual World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC).
He said that Tesla is close to achieving level 5 autonomy for cars.
“I’m extremely confident that level 5 or essentially complete autonomy will happen and I think will happen very quickly.”
“I remain confident that we will have the basic functionality for level 5 autonomy complete this year.”
“Levels” define the degree of automation in a certain system.
According to Forbes, “level zero self-driving is complete human control. Level five is completely autonomous is any situation: no human driver is required. Currently shipping systems are typically thought to be level two or three. Level four is self-driving, but generally only in select conditions and on certain roads.”
Musk also said that the technology required was already in use.
“I’m absolutely confident that this can be accomplished with the hardware that is in the Tesla today. And simply by making software improvements we can achieve level five autonomy.”
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He added –
“I think there are no fundamental challenges remaining for level five autonomy.”
Even if Tesla is able to develop fully-functioning cars with level 5 autonomy, getting them to the customers is a whole another challenge.
So, even with his promise to develop this technology within the year, the day we see fully self-driven cars on the road may be a distant reality.