Back in August 2006, nearly ten years ago, Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk unveiled his Master Plan, wherein he dreamed of one day offering consumers a high-volume affordable electric car. With pre-orders for the Model 3 through the roof, Musk’s vision is almost complete. Now, it’s time for Musk to move on to Part 2.
After leaving a trail of breadcrumbs over the past few days, Musk on Wednesday officially unveiled what he has planned for the coming years, and it’s all about sustainable energy. That was, and has been, Musk’s goal all along.
“Given that we must get off fossil fuels anyway and that virtually all scientists agree that dramatically increasing atmospheric and oceanic carbon levels is insane, the faster we achieve sustainability, the better,” Musk said.
To accelerate this goal, Musk wants to create a beautiful “solar-roof-with-battery” that “just works” and empowers individuals as their own utility. “One ordering experience, one installation, one service contact, one phone app,” Musk explained.
Musk went on to say the only way Tesla can achieve this is if it combines with SolarCity, which it put an offer in to acquire in June. But that’s not the only part of the plan on Musk’s to-do list. He also wants a bigger fleet of cars that addresses most of the consumer market. That’ll include premium sedans, SUVs, a future compact SUV, and a “new kind of pickup truck.” Anything more affordable than the Model 3 is unlikely to be necessary, according to Musk.
Of course, you can’t mention Tesla without mentioning autonomy, which is another part of Musk’s master plan.
As the technology matures, all Tesla vehicles will have the hardware necessary to be fully self-driving with fail-operational capability, meaning that any given system in the car could break and your car will still drive itself safely. It is important to emphasize that refinement and validation of the software will take much longer than putting in place the cameras, radar, sonar, and computing hardware.
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. 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.
Once vehicles reach full autonomy, Musk envisions a world where Tesla owners can summon their vehicle and, once it picks them up, pretty much do anything while it drives them around, including eat, sleep and read. That very much sounds like a future I would like to participate in. Musk even believes Tesla owners will one day be able to add their vehicle to a shared fleet, essentially allowing it to earn money as a taxi.
You can read much more about Musk’s Master Plan at the source link below.
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