Tesla (TSLA): Basic functionality for level 5 autonomy is ready this year, says CEO Elon Musk.
Today, Musk practically attended the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai and participated in a question and questions.
Musk oversees several projects involving AI, but the most prominent is Tesla’s effort to deliver a fully self-driving Level 5 system.
At the conference, Musk briefly discussed Tesla’s efforts to achieve full self-drive and showed great confidence in delivering such a system soon:
I am extremely confident that level or essentially complete autonomy will happen, and I think it will happen very quickly. I think at Tesla I feel that we are very close to level 5 autonomy.
The CEO allowed:
I think I remain confident that we will have basic functionality for Level 5 independence this year.
This comment is more in line with his earlier claims of a “full”
When Musk talked about a “fully functional” version of Tesla’s full self-driving system, he meant to close the gap between Autopilot’s highway driving and features like the Smart Summon with city driving.
Tesla has made progress towards it recently with its new feature “Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control”.
When Tesla achieves a “fully functional” version or now “basic level 5 autonomy functionality” that he just mentioned, it does not mean that Tesla vehicles will be completely self-driving.
The car manufacturer would still need to improve the system.
Musk added during the conference:
I think there are no basic challenges for level 5 autonomy. There are many small problems. And then there is the challenge of solving all these little problems and then putting together the whole system. And then continue to raise the long tail of problems. So you will find that you can handle most situations.
The CEO added that Tesla is training its system to handle the very odd situation that you may encounter along the way:
You have to get the system to figure out and train to deal with these odd situations. That is why you need the kind of real situations. Nothing is more complicated and strange than the real world.
This is where Tesla benefits from having hundreds of thousands of vehicles on the road equipped with sensors and camera input information for the company.
Here is the video interview from today’s annual World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai:
Musk’s latest show of confidence in Tesla’s ability to deliver a level 5 autonomous driving system comes when the carmaker makes an important rewrite of its Autopilot program which will be released in the coming months.
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