Tesla is developing a vehicle without a steering wheel or pedals, with a “volume production” deadline of 2024. Company CEO Elon Musk discussed “dedicated robotaxis” during the company’s first quarter earnings call. company on Wednesday.
“It’s fundamentally optimized to try to achieve the lowest cost per mile, cost per kilometer, taking everything into account,” he said. “I think that’s really going to be a massive driver of Tesla’s growth.”
He attributed the lack of a steering wheel and pedals to the fact that it will be “highly optimized for range”.
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Tesla will hold an event to give more details about Robotaxi
During the earnings call, Musk was asked to provide more information about the robotaxi, and he said Tesla would hold an event next year to go into details, but he declined to elaborate. .
At Tesla’s Texas Gigafactory Cyber Rodeo earlier this month, he hinted at the robotaxi, saying it will look “futuristic.”
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Also in the earnings call, Musk said Tesla remains on track to reach volume production of the Cybertruck in 2023. It seems likely the company will produce more than 1.5 million vehicles this year, he said. he added, marking an increase of 60% year over year.
Musk also doubled down on his remarks during Tesla’s latest earnings call about the importance he places on a humanoid robot the company is developing, called Optimus.
Tesla’s robotaxi pursuit puts it in competition with companies that have been developing autonomous vehicle technology for robotaxis for years, including Alphabet unit Waymo, Argo AI, Aurora, GM’s self-driving subsidiary Cruise, Motional and Zoox.
It also calls into question whether Tesla intends to abandon its current full autonomy strategy or whether it will be developed in parallel.
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Musk has hinted at robotaxis for years, but not through a standalone product like the one he described on Wednesday. Instead, he has repeatedly promised to turn the Tesla vehicles people own today into their own robotaxi via an advanced driver assistance system called Full Self-Driving software that currently costs $12,000.