Tesla plans to launch a robotaxi network in 2020

TechCrunch | 4/22/2019 | Staff
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Tesla expects to launch the first robotaxis as part of broader vision for an autonomous ride-sharing network in 2020, CEO Elon Musk said during the company’s Autonomy Day.

“I feel very confident predicting that there will be autonomous robotaxis next year — not in all jurisdictions because we won’t have regulatory approval everywhere” Musk said without detailing what regulations he was referring to.

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Tesla will enable owners to add their properly equipped vehicles to its own ride-sharing app, which will operate close to an Uber of Airbnb business model. Tesla will take 25 percent to 30 percent of the revenue from those rides, Musk said. In places where there isn’t enough people to share their cars, Tesla would provide a dedicated fleet of robotaxis.

Musk has talked about the Tesla Network and ambitions to allow owners to place their vehicles on the ride-hailing app since 2016.

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The remaining step is the software, which Musk says will be “feature complete” and at a reliability level that we would consider that no one needs to pay attention, by the middle of next year.

“From our standpoint, if you fast forward a year, maybe a year and three months, but next year for sure, we’ll have over...
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