There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s start with the timing of the party announcement.
Elon Musk told Tesla shareholders last February that the company would have feature-complete FSD by the end of 2019.
According to The Verge, Musk told reporters during a call last February that there were few caveats to the release:
Now first of course that this will need to be supervised by the drivers because it will take us billions of miles to get to the safety level where driver observation is no longer required. And then we will need to convince regulators of this, so there are some steps along the way… But as I said before I’m certain we’ll release full self-driving this year.
Musk backtracked on his comments in October of 2019 when he was forced to admit Tesla would miss its 2019 deadline. Fast forward to last week’s call and here we are: Elon’s going to throw a good old fashioned hackathon to solve autonomous driving. We assume there will be punch and cake.
Full Self Driving is the name of a Tesla software package that Musk claims will give existing Tesla automobiles the ability to drive from a residential area, onto a highway, and through city streets without any human intervention.
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