Elon Musk is no stranger to making bold predictions, and he recently announced that he expects a Tesla to be able to drive itself across the country in two year’s time.
As if driving itself isn’t enough, Musk added on a call with reporters that the car will charge itself throughout the journey as well.
“It will meet you wherever your phone is … and it will just automatically charge itself along the entire journey,” Musk said.
However, he did say, “We do need more sensors than the car currently has to achieve that goal. You need a lot of redundancy … more cameras, more radars, redundant power buses … so that any system can fail in the car and it doesn’t need to backup to a driver.”
So technically, while every Tesla might not be capable of driving itself across the US by 2018, the technology to complete the task will definitely be available and ready to roll.
After all, Musk added, “in that timeframe of 24 to 36 months, it will be able to drive on virtually all roads at a safety level significantly better than human.”
In ~2 years, summon should work anywhere connected by land & not blocked by borders, eg you’re in LA and the car is in NY
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 10, 2016