Tesla will Take on Uber with Self-Driving Ride-Sharing RoboTaxis
Send your car to go and earn you some money
During Tesla's Autonomy Day presentation held for investors, Tesla announced the plans to launch the first autonomous ride-sharing network in 2020.
Think Uber, but with no one driving. With significant advancements in the autonomy field so far, Elon is confident that by the next year, Tesla cars will be fully capable of driving around without any human intervention.
From there, Tesla will be working with regulators to have such system approved as soon as possible because what Elon has is store is quite revolutionary!
After the approval, Tesla will enable you to add your car, over the app, to a network of self-driving, ride-sharing taxis. Yes, you read that correctly! It's is a holy grail of futuristic mobility -coming soon!
Most of the times our cars are sitting parked somewhere, doing nothing other than depreciating. That would change if you let your car do some work - like pick up other people and drive them around. Like a taxi, a Robotaxi.
And when you need to go somewhere but your car is away, hail another Tesla nearby and it will pick you up. It is a crowd-based ride-sharing network and anyone with the latest Tesla can join.
Tesla was preparing a long time for this
Every new Tesla model comes equipped with all the FSD (Full Self Driving) hardware necessary for full autonomy, which will simply be unlocked once the software update arrives.
By that time, Elon estimates that there will be over one million cars ready to be integrated into the ride-sharing network.
Once these cars are fully autonomous and part of the network, they will be estimated to be worth around $200,000. So don't sell your Model 3 just yet, as the price may go up considerably!
Since these cars are selling for just a quarter of that, Musk is urging buyers to think hard when buying a new car.
He also estimates that Model 3 could earn you around $30,000 gross over the year, and in the future, when the cars become more efficient, it will be even more than that!
You have to give it to the man; He is trying to change the world. But the question is...
Is 30 grand enough to let anyone inside your car? Comment below 👇