Elon Musk predicts again that the 100% autonomous car at Tesla is for next year! Like every year since 2014, in fact.
Elon Musk is definitely unlucky. Every time he predicts the arrival of fully autonomous cars at Tesla, he is a year off. And it’s been almost ten years now! Faced with these repeated failures, one would think that the owner of the American car manufacturer will end up saying to himself that it would be good to somewhat moderate his attempts at divination. But that’s misunderstanding the truculent entrepreneur.
Traveling to Brazil, the billionaire tried to make a new estimate. For him, the arrival of Tesla cars that do not require the intervention of a human to maneuver on public roads will happen in almost a year. In 2023. This is what specialized sites and Internet users on Twitter reported May 20.
Predictions for Tesla systematically missed
For those who don’t follow Tesla news closely, this calendar is ambitious, promising and exciting all at the same time. Self-driving cars are only a few months away from finally becoming a reality. No more constraints of having to put your hands on the steering wheel, to watch the road, to be ready or ready to take control if necessary.
So much for the theory. In practice, it is quite another thing. Those familiar with Tesla’s business know, on the contrary, that the automaker has so far failed to deliver on Elon Musk’s previous promises — nor has any other automaker, for that matter. The promise of a 100% autonomous car was never kept from 2014 to 2022.
There’s no denying that Tesla is obviously making a lot of progress when it comes to self-driving. The experience that the company has accumulated since 2014 is valuable for having a highly trained on-board computer. Decision-making algorithms and tools for sensing the immediate environment around the vehicle have also made great progress.
But Elon Musk’s systematically missed allegations end up damaging Tesla’s brand image. Admittedly, by dint of promising the arrival of 100% autonomous driving each year for the next, there will come a day when the American billionaire will be right. He will have made a prediction out of dozens of attempts. Even a stopped watch gives the exact time twice a day.
In the meantime, it does Tesla a disservice and Elon Musk’s notoriety on this subject has somewhat darkened, as evidenced by this video released in January 2022 – it shows all the entrepreneur’s failed promises. With all these missed deadlines, no doubt we could also venture a prediction for 2023: Elon Musk will make a new promise, but for 2024 this time.