Elon Musk forecasts Tesla will self-drive from NY to LA in ~2 years

Elon Musk sent this pair of tweets this morning. The Summon/Unsummon commands are supposed to work today on your iPhone or Tesla key.

Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 1/11/16, 09:08
Tap your phone or key and your car will open the garage door, exit, close the door and come to you. Will do same in reverse for unsummon.

Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 1/11/16, 09:11
In ~2 years, summon should work anywhere connected by land & not blocked by borders, eg you’re in LA and the car is in NY

Now we know why Tesla is developing the robot arm that plugs their fast charger into your Tesla charge port 🙂 So you can park your car in NY and tell it to pick you up in LA. It will just need to navigate to the string of cross country Fast Charging Stations. Story and robot arm video at Wired.

Tesla robot charger

2 thoughts on “Elon Musk forecasts Tesla will self-drive from NY to LA in ~2 years

    • Thanks. My speculation is that the efficient adoption pathway is by deploying levels of automation appropriate to each local situation. Human-free 100% automation for low-speed (<= 40 kph) robocar-only zones (golf courses, campuses, designated city zones…). Separately a rollout similar to what Google has been doing – designated commuter routes – some with robocar-only lanes. For roads where interacting with human-cars is necessary, then the rule will be that a ready-to-take-over human is required. We will learn from experience where the social boundary is between pushing ahead with 100% automation vs. allowing human-piloted cars. The lives-saved indicator should guide our policy – but probably won't as much as it should. The media will treat every robocar accident exactly the way they treat a nuclear accident.

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