- Tesla CEOElon Musk‘s timeline to have an autonomous ride-hailing service ready by next year is too aggressive, Uber CEODara Khosrowshahi told CNBC.
“I think it will be quite a few years beyond ,” Khosrowshahi said when asked how much his prediction for when self-driving vehicles will arrive differs from Musk’s.
- Autonomous-driving experts have told Business Insider that neither Tesla nor any of its competitors is likely to have fully autonomous driving technology ready by next year.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s timeline to have an autonomous ride-hailing service ready by next year is too aggressive, Uber CEO Dara Khosrwoshahi told CNBC on Friday.
“I thought, if he can do it, more power to him,” Khosrwoshahi said. “Our approach is a more conservative approach, as far as sensor technology and mapping technology. The software’s going to get there, so I don’t think that his vision is by any means wrong. I just think we disagree on timing.”
Khosrowshahi’s comment on sensors and mapping technology likely refers to Tesla’s decision to forgo lidar sensors – which emit pulses of light to detect nearby objects – and rely on high-definition maps in its autonomous-driving technology. Tesla’s major competitors, like Waymo, Cruise, and Uber, use lidar in their hardware suites.
“I think it will be quite a few years beyond ,” Khosrhowshahi said when asked how much his prediction for when self-driving vehicles will arrive differs from Musk’s.
Tesla did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
Musk has said that Tesla’s vehicles will be ready to take part in an autonomous taxi service by the end of 2020. The vehicles will be able to drive anywhere without any restrictions, Musk said during an event for investors in April. That is a feat no company has achieved, though Musk acknowledged that Tesla may not receive immediate regulatory approval to use the cars in an autonomous taxi service in some areas.
Autonomous-driving experts have told Business Insider that neither Tesla nor any of its competitors is likely to have fully autonomous driving technology ready by next year, and Musk has missed projections about autonomous-driving technology on multiple occasions. In 2015, he said it would ready in about two years, and Tesla has passed multiple deadlines set by Musk to send a self-driving vehicle across the US.
Uber’s autonomous-driving program faced a major setback last year when one of its self-driving test vehicles hit and killed a pedestrian. Business Insider reports from November and December described tension and dysfunction within Uber’s autonomous-driving unit, including safety concerns.
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