/World’s first fully self-driving car will be ready this year, Elon Musk claims

World’s first fully self-driving car will be ready this year, Elon Musk claims

Summary: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the electric car maker will have fully self-driving vehicles on the road by the end of the year.

Original author and publication date: Anthony Cuthbertson (via ImpactLab) – August 4, 2020

Futurizonte Editor’s Note: Intelligent people can’t accept AI can be more intelligent than they are. That’s their biggest mistake, according to Musk.

Illustration of Tesla's autopilot software. Source: Tesla
Illustration of Tesla’s autopilot software. Source: Tesla

From the article:

‘I’m very confident about full self-driving functionality being complete by the end of this year,’ he says. ‘It’s because I’m literally driving it’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the electric car maker will have fully self-driving vehicles on the road by the end of the year.

During an earnings call with investors on Wednesday, the serial entrepreneur revealed that he is already testing an updated version of the firm’s Autopilot software on his commute to work in Los Angeles.

“It’s almost getting to a point where I can go from my house to work with no interventions, despite going through construction and widely varying situations,” he said.

“So this is why I’m very confident about full self-driving functionality being complete by the end of this year. It’s because I’m literally driving it.”

If successfully rolled out in 2020, Tesla will become the first major automotive manufacturer to have commercially available cars on the road that are fully autonomous.

Tesla is already among the leading car companies when it comes to self-driving technology, with its Autopilot software relying on eight external cameras, a radar and 12 ultrasonic sensors. All new models come with this hardware, while new versions of the software can be updated remotely.

The car will seem to have just like a giant improvement,” he said. “Probably rolling out later this year. We’ll be able to do traffic lights, stop, turns, everything, pretty much… it’s definitely way better than human [drivers].”

Speaking about the car’s artificial intelligence during the earnings call, Mr Musk also warned of the existential threat posed by advanced AI.

“We should be concerned about where AI is going,” he said. “The people I see being the most [wrong] about AI are the ones who are very smart, because they can’t imagine that a computer could be way smarter than them. “That’s the flaw in their logic. They’re just way dumber than they think they are.”

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