Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, recently announced that Tesla is close to achieving full self-driving without any human supervision. Musk made the announcement at the 2023 World Artificial Intelligence Conference, held in Shanghai, China.
Musk is referring to the SAE standards for autonomous driving, where Level 4 is nearly autonomous driving and Level 5 is full autonomy. Tesla’s current Full Self-Driving assistance package is still at Level 2, meaning that it can assist the driver in certain scenarios but the driver must remain alert and ready to take over. Level 4 and 5 autonomy are much more advanced, allowing the driver to type in navigation instructions and then go to sleep while the Car drives itself to the destination.
Despite past missteps, Musk is optimistic that Tesla will achieve full self-driving capability later this year. He admits that he has been wrong about his predictions in the past, but believes Tesla is closer to it than ever before. While no company has yet offered a commercially available Car with Level 5 autonomy, Mercedes-Benz has offered Level 4 in Germany in a limited scenario.
For Tesla to achieve full self-driving capability later this year would be a remarkable feat. It will be interesting to see if they can finally meet Musk’s ambitious timeline. In the meantime, Tesla’s current Full Self-Driving package will continue to provide valuable assistance to drivers, helping to make the roads safer for everyone.