Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the electric car maker will solve the problem for years with its Full Self-Driving (FSD) technology. However, the question remains, will it really happen? While the technology has been making headlines for some time, Tesla owners have yet to receive technology that claims to allow their Tesla vehicles to operate without any driver intervention, any more than the current Autopilot semi-autonomous drive. Assistive technology is a notch above.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the information during the automaker’s first-quarter 2023 earnings call. He said again that the automaker may achieve full autonomy with FSD this year. The Tesla CEO claimed he was hesitant to do so, but said the technology trend is toward fully autonomous driving.
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Tesla Autopilot has been one of the most exciting features of the electric automaker’s cars so far. It allows the driver to drive the car hands-free and perform multiple functions autonomously. However, the technology has been at the center of some controversies, as in multiple accidents involving Tesla vehicles in which Autopilot has been accused of malfunctioning. The crashes prompted an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and an investigation into the technology involved.
Tesla has repeatedly hinted that FSD will greatly improve self-driving capabilities over Autopilot. However, when the technology was first rolled out, Tesla owners complained of a bug in the software, leading to a software rollback. Since then, the automaker has been offering the beta technology to some of its customers. However, a full public deployment of the software has yet to happen. Now, with Tesla CEO Elon Musk talking about it again, the software could be released later in 2023.
First published date: April 23, 2023 at 12:48pm CST