Tesla’s Leap Towards Full Autonomy: Musk Promises Level 5 Self-Driving by Year End

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, has once again made a bold prediction about the future of autonomous driving. Speaking at the 2023 World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, Musk stated that Tesla is on the brink of achieving full self-driving capabilities without human supervision, potentially reaching Level 4 or 5 autonomy by the end of the year.

Level 5 autonomy, as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), represents a vehicle’s ability to drive itself under all conditions without human intervention. Currently, Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) package is essentially at Level 2, requiring the driver to remain alert and ready to take control at all times. Level 4 and 5 autonomy would allow for scenarios such as inputting a destination and then sleeping while the car drives itself.

Despite previously missed predictions, Musk remains confident, stating that Tesla is “closer to it than we ever have been.” In 2016, Musk predicted full autonomy within 5.5 years, and in 2017, he claimed a Tesla would be able to drive autonomously from coast to coast within 3-6 months. Since 2019, he has continually promised an advanced version of Tesla’s FSD package, which is currently in beta.

Musk’s “later this year” timeline is ambitious, considering it’s already July. However, the world will be watching closely to see if Tesla can finally deliver on its promise of full autonomy.

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