Self driving cars may hit the road sooner that you think
Elon Musk, president of high-tech electric sports car maker Tesla Motors has changed his perspective on how soon we may be seeing self-driving cars on the road in the U.S.
Even as recently as a year ago, he thought it would be a ‘some time in the future’ thing regarding when Autopiloted automobiles would become a reality, but now he thinks it could happen in less than five years.
This fastcompany.com article looks into Musk’s thinking:
Self-driving cars might be on the roads faster than most people think, says Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk. Musk told reporters in Tokyo that Tesla is developing the technology for “full autopilot” consumer cars in just five years.
This new timeline is faster than some experts–even Musk himself–had anticipated. IHS, a research firm, previously predicted self-driving cars would not be on the road until 2025.
Around this time last year, Musk was skeptical of this concept, telling the Financial Times, “My opinion is it’s a bridge too far to go to fully autonomous cars.” Now it appears the ultra-competitive entrepreneur, who is also CTO of SpaceX, is trying to outdo competitors like Google and Volvo who are also working on autonomous cars.