Tesla wants to release a specialized robotaxi without a steering wheel or pedals by 2024, according to CEO Elon Musk. He shared the news during the company’s first-quarter 2022 earnings call.
So, Elon Musk is looking at two years to build, test, verify, mass-produce, and commercially launch a robotaxi service that complies with state-by-state regulatory requirements. It will include navigating the permitting processes of two authorities in California; Tesla’s main market for passenger vehicle sales. Despite all those challenges, Musk is quite bullish about producing robotaxi by 2024.
What’s more, robotaxi would be highly tuned for autonomy. In other words, it will not have a steering wheel or pedals, according to Musk. He also talked about a number of other advancements that he believes are pretty intriguing.
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I think can be a very powerful product where we aspire to reach volume production in 2024,” Musk also added “I think [the robotaxi] really will be a massive driver of Tesla’s growth.
Musk described a variety of prospective goods at Tesla’s Austin gigafactory inauguration earlier this month. It represents a break from the company’s current passenger car sector, which provides the majority of its revenues. Mentioned products, included robotaxi and Optimus, Tesla’s humanoid robot idea.
Robotaxis from Tesla pits it against businesses like Alphabet’s Waymo, Argo AI, Aurora, GM’s self-driving subsidiary Cruise, Motional, and Zoox. All of these companies have been developing autonomous vehicle technology for robotaxis for years.
It also raises the question of whether Tesla plans to abandon its existing complete autonomy strategy or if it will continue developing concurrently.