We are accustomed to Elon Musk's pompous announcements about the products of his companies, therefore, they do not impress what he said yesterday about Tesla's advancement in self-guided vehicle technology, while taking care of throwing its nails to competitors.
According to Mr. Musk, Tesla will be able to release thousands of "self-guided robotic taxis (robotaxis)" in 2020, and will soon be making some models with no pedals and pedals! Owners will be able to add their own vehicle to the Tesla fleet in a Uber-type service, with Tesla holding a commission of 25-30% for every fare estimated at just $ 0.18 / mile (currently $ 2 -3 / mile). In any case, Tesla will make sure to place such robots in areas where there are not many owners to provide the proper service to the residents. All company models (Model S, Model X, and Model 3) can be used in this service.
Continuing, Musk stressed that the service will open its doors strictly in areas where the necessary legal preparations have been made and expressed his conviction that the use of self-guided vehicles will soon be launched. In about two years, it is estimated that we will see the first Tesla vehicles without a wheel and pedal, which will throw the cost of making the robots at $ 25,000.
In the context of this presentation, the first to name Tesla as Autonomy Investor Day, the company also revealed its own technology to "see" self-guided vehicles on the road. It is a processor and eight-camera system that records everything in 360 ° around the car, 12 ultrasonic sensors and a radar looking forward. They clarified that they are not using LiDAR technology, which Musk described as "unnecessary" and said for competitors based on it that they are "doomed."
LiDAR technology serves to map laser beam radiation from a device that "bounces" onto the surface and counts how long it takes light to return back to the device's sensor. It is mainly used for distance measurement and chemical analysis, and is a fundamental system for navigating and avoiding obstacles to self-guided vehicles.
Tesla's technology can deliver similar results at a much lower cost using the system sensors described above for tracking objects. The company owns a large amount of data from the automated navigation systems of its vehicles to train neural networks to "read" the environment with enormous accuracy.
All this volume of data is analyzed on its own computer that will soon be placed on each Tesla vehicle. Those who own Tesla vehicles want to unlock full autonomous driving will then have to pay about $ 5000. According to Musk, the error rate from this analysis is less than that of a driver who has lost his consciousness.