Elon Musk revealed last week that the Tesla Semi would begin shipping later this December. Many Tesla fans were overjoyed with this accomplishment, but for some, the robotaxi was the most exciting revelation.
The automaker’s next big thing was briefly teased at a recent business event to mark the arrival of its first batch of Tesla Semi trucks, and the billionaire made new promises about the robotaxi there.
During the company’s first-quarter earnings call in April, Musk made his most recent significant claim regarding the Tesla robotaxi. By 2024, robotaxis without a steering wheel or pedals will be mass-produced, according to the CEO of Tesla.
Musk’s goal is for a robotaxi ride to be less expensive than a subsidised bus or subway fare.Musk predicted that the robotaxi would go on sale in 2020, but that definitely never happened.
Musk has stated that the robotaxi’s objective is to achieve the lowest cost per mile for a vehicle that resembles a taxi. he declined to clarify whether Tesla would use the robotaxi for a unique transportation service or sell it to the general public.
Musk further assured consumers that a software update will turn their Teslas into robotaxis, which would generate $30,000 in yearly gross earnings for them. This promise was made during Tesla Autonomy Day 2019.
In the same speech, Elon Musk said that the business plans to have working robotaxis by 2020. He predicted that more than 1 million Teslas will be fitted with a “feature-complete” system in the same amount of time, one that will be so dependable that customers won’t need to pay attention.
With no sign of any Teslas operating as robotaxis, the year 2022 is already almost over. Furthermore, according to Bloomberg, owners of Complete Self-Driving Cars (FSD) who paid up to $15,000 have not yet had the full experience because the fleet still requires drivers to be in the driver’s seat and prepared to switch to manual mode at any time.
According to the same source, the California Department of Motor Vehicles charged the business in August with misleading customers about its FSD and Autopilot technology. This was proof that before last week’s tease, Musk’s statements about Tesla’s self-driving technology were beginning to backfire.
A Tesla customer in the region sued the business in September, accusing it of deceptive marketing and asking for class-action status so that other car owners might join him in court. The US Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission were also discovered to be investigating Tesla’s self-driving claims in October.
The firm, though, has a different perspective. Tesla said in a request to dismiss the California customer’s complaint that was submitted on November 28 that “mere failure to attain a long-term, aspirational goal is not fraud.”