Elon Musk, Tesla CRO made a bold statement announcing that the self-driving feature will be completed by the end of this year. By 2020 end. Tesla’s feature will be capable to let the driver snooze on the seat while the car navigates the person to their destination, Musk said on Wednesday.
“I think we will be ‘feature complete’ on full self-driving this year, meaning the car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up, take you all the way to your destination without an intervention this year” Musk mentioned in his podcast interview.
The revised timeline from Musk could be a great news for buyers of Tesla wanting to have the driverless feature for years now.
Cars that were produced from October 2016 onwards have all the needed hardware for this feature.
From the month of October 2016 till October 2018, An extra $3000 or so could be paid by customers for a “full self-driving” feature, which the carmaker promised would eventually be able to unlock via upgrading software.
Back in January of 2017, Elon mentioned that the feature would start rolling out in three or six months, however that didn’t see the light.
Musk further cautioned in a podcast interview, that it will take another year for the company to get to the point where the can be completely self-driven.
The Tesla drivers will be able to sleep and wake at their destination using the self-drive feature by the end of 2020. Until then, drivers have to continue monitoring the technology and take control of the steering if something goes wrong, Musk said.
On other topic, Tesla is in the process to launch leasing products for Model 3 to boost its demand, a news website said on Tuesday, citing an email sent to the Tesla employees.
The employees will be able to lease a Model 3 within the coming two weeks, the email stated.