News: The release of the second part of Musk’s master plan comes amid a federal investigation into the company’s Autopilot system after a series of crashes.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has unveiled the second part of his self-titled masterplan, focusing on autonomous driving and ride sharing.
Musk’s plans include an electric pickup truck, autonomous buses, and a fleet of autonomous cars used for ride sharing.
The plan includes the creation of solar roofs with integrated battery storage, as well as the expansion of the electric vehicle product line to address all major segments.
Musk also plans to develop a self-driving capability that is 10 times safer than manual cars through massive fleet learning.
The release of the second part of master plan comes amid a federal investigation into a fatal crash where a 40-year-old Ohio man died on a Florida highway while using the the company’s Autopilot system.
A series of crashes have raised concerns regarding Autopilot, which Tesla described as a beta feature in its blogpost on 30 June.
Musk said in his master plan that it would be morally reprehensible to delay the release of features like autopilot.
He noted that even once the software is highly refined and far better than the average human driver, there will still be a significant time gap, varying widely by jurisdiction, before true self-driving is approved by regulators.
Musk said: “We expect that worldwide regulatory approval will require something on the order of 6 billion miles (10 billion km). Current fleet learning is happening at just over 3 million miles (5 million km) per day.”