The footage could then be used to file criminal charges and seek compensation for damages. In other words, Tesla has been planning and actively working on the platform for robotaxis for long.
It could have very well made giant leaps towards that stated goal, because Musk also revealed (also on Twitter, where else) that the late 2020 deadline is still attainable. Given the current international health crisis and the fact that Tesla factories have shuttered because of it, to many, that statement came across as very far-fetched.
Asked whether robotaxis would become reality by 2023, Musk delivered this piece of good news. “Functionality still looking good for this year,” he wrote. “Regulatory approval is the big unknown.”
That is to say, the Tesla robotaxis will be ready, but whether they would actually be hitting the streets at the end of the year remains largely unknown. Musk is either a hopeless optimist for going on the record with this, or he may very well be hiding several aces up his sleeve.
As of now, no automaker has achieved Level 5 Autonomy, which would allow a driverless car on the road (without a human operator). Legislation on this topic is yet to be drawn up, for that very reason.
How long for the first robotaxi release/ deployment? 2023?— Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) April 12, 2020
Correct— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 12, 2020