Elon Musk believes that Tesla Motors will be able to produce autonomous cars within 3 years.
“We should be able to do 90 per cent of miles driven within three years,” he said. Mr. Musk didn’t reveal further details of Tesla’s autonomy project. Though he did say that it was “internal development”. “It’s not speculation,” he said.
The driverless car project could see Musks Telsa Motors overtake Google to release the first auto-pilot cars for the public. Google has been struggling to find a partner for it’s own driverless technology since it’s project launched three years ago.
“My opinion is it’s a bridge too far to go to fully autonomous cars,” Mr. Musk said to the Financial Times. “It’s incredibly hard to get the last few per cent.”
However, he said, Tesla was working on a plan that would allow drivers to turn on “auto-pilot” in most situations that would allow the vehicle to take control.
Long highway trips would be one way that Teslas autopilot system to take advantage of this new technology. If they are first to market with this it would change the automotive industry forever and put them in the leading position for years to come.