Forbes Global 2000 Ranking: 933
Autonomy: Already Level ~3, Level 4&5 on the way
“If you have a Tesla, you will just need a software update in 2019 to be able sleep on the wheel while commuting to work.”
Tesla released its first Level ~3 cars in 2016 and it has been developing and releasing the newer versions of its Autopilot technology since then. Tesla also upgraded the hardware in its cars in 2017 to make them Level 4+ ready. Industry is questioning the reliability of Tesla’s LIDARless approach, yet Elon Musk is well known for making ‘thought-to-be impossible’, possible.
Elon Musk announced that one of his self-driving cars will drive itself from LA to NY at the end of 2017, but now the drive is delayed to mid-2018. Does that really mean something is going wrong at Tesla? Unless there is another firm that claims a self-driven trip from West Coast to East Coast, my answer is ‘No!’
When we talk about the other firms, it is generally the predictions and educated guesses but Tesla does provide us the facts and figures. After introducing their “Autopilot” technology, Tesla crash rates were reduced by 40%.
Elon Musk said, “All Tesla cars are being produced now have full self-driving hardware.” and that they have plans to release Level 4 self-driving cars in 2019. This simply means, if you have a Tesla, you will just need a software update in 2019 to be able sleep on the wheel while commuting to work.
Experts think without a LIDAR in their architecture, Tesla cannot make it. Even if that is the case, it will still have time to revise its system and introduce its Level 4 self-driving cars, because majority of the other OEMs aims 2021. Will Tesla be the first? If you consider what it has done until now, I think, Tesla is likely to make it to the top of the list.