The comments come amidst Tesla’s efforts to roll out functions of its Full Self-Driving suite, which Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects will be “feature complete” in the near future.
Zoox is a self-driving car startup that is aimed at developing autonomous vehicles that are specifically designed for ride-hailing. This makes the company notably different compared to Tesla, which is planning a ride-hailing service while producing electric cars for individual ownership. Zoox’s approach to achieve full self-driving is also different from the Silicon Valley-based carmaker, with the company using a unique LiDAR setup that involves placing four individual units on each corner of its full self-driving vehicle.
While speaking at Business Insider‘s IGNITION: Transportation event in San Francisco Tuesday, Levinson stated that the existing technology to truly achieve autonomous driving simply does not exist today. The components will eventually be ready, according to the CTO, but the necessary parts for a full self-driving setup are still being developed. Thus, when asked if he believes Tesla will have a chance to achieve Elon Musk’s goal of attaining autonomous driving in 2020, Levinson had a simple answer: “No.”
Explaining his response, Levinson stated that Tesla’s electric cars don’t have enough sensors or computers to achieve full self-driving. While the Zoox Co-Founder maintained that he believes Tesla’s vehicles are “great” and that the company’s Autopilot system is second to none on the freeway, he nevertheless thinks that autonomous driving is still far away for the electric car maker.
“They don’t have enough sensors or computers to do that given any remotely known technology that exists that humans have ever created. And by the way they’re great cars, the Tesla Autopilot system on the freeway is I think the best out there… I think if Musk focused on that aspect it would be better received,” he said.
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