Tesla CEO Elon Musk has finally admitted that he underestimated how difficult it is to develop a safe and reliable self-driving car.
Initially, Elon Musk promised to introduce a full autopilot on Tesla electric vehicles back in 2018-2019, but the deadlines have been shifted over and over again.
Musk tweeted a post in which he announced the imminent launch of the beta version of Full Self-Driving v9, the system that is the basis for autonomous driving in Tesla electric vehicles.
In the same message, he acknowledged that creating such a system is more difficult than he previously thought.
“I didn’t expect it to be so difficult, but if you look back, the complexity is obvious,” he added in his post. He also revisited the FSD v9 beta software launch topic, saying it was “coming soon” and adding “I swear!”.
Despite the fact that Musk’s claims are not justified, Tesla is much more active than competitors in testing beta versions of the corresponding software for autonomous driving in order to collect the maximum amount of data and promptly eliminate all identified errors. Interestingly, Tesla’s customers are mostly satisfied with this approach.
However, not only Musk came to the conclusion that self-driving cars are difficult. Almost the entire industry predicted that by now our roads would be filled with self-driving cars, but they later admitted that they underestimated how difficult it was to get cars to move on their own safely and reliably.
Earlier it was reported that the new Tesla Model S Plaid EV caught fire while the owner was driving, three days after the $ 129,900 car was delivered from the showroom.
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