So throughout the few months that I've been anxiously waiting for my Model 3, I have followed Tesla's and Elon Musks's every move. I have watched every video, interview, read every tweet, and every article out there. Throughout this time, it has been made blatantly clear to me that the Model 3 will be fully autonomous. When I say fully autonomous, I define it the same way Elon Musk does: basically being able to Summon your car anywhere at any time. In other words, the Model 3 can be completely unoccupied and still get from point A to point B safely. According to the NHTSA, "Full Self-Driving Automation (Level 4): The vehicle is designed to perform all safety-critical driving functions and monitor roadway conditions for an entire trip. Such a design anticipates that the driver will provide destination or navigation input, but is not expected to be available for control at any time during the trip. This includes both occupied and unoccupied vehicles."
Elon Musk tweeted this week about 1 billion miles of data being a necessity. My assumption (only because I haven't done any research on it) is that he was referring to NHTSA's requirements. Elon Musk tweeted "With less than 1B miles, there simply isn't enough data. 1B is a necessary but not necessarily sufficient condition." For the time it will take to gather 1B miles of data he responded, "Probably six months. Will include hundreds of refinements to handle rare corner cases in Autopilot." This makes me that much more certain, because he will have another 9-12 months after the end of this year before deliveries begin, to perfect the software and the autonomous features.
During a Recode interview this year, the interviewer asked if the Model 3 would be autonomous, and his answer was "um, I have a... I'm gonna do another Tesla event maybe at the end of the year to talk more about that. It will be real big news if I start here. Let me just say that we're gonna do the obvious thing. Really obvious."
Plus he always says and has tweeted, Tesla never anticipated this many reservations before Part 2 of the release. And that Part 2 will be even more amazing than Part 1.
If you really think about it, why would he release a car to the MASSES and not have it be fully autonomous.
I was and still am 100% certain that the Model 3 will be fully autonomous, which honestly, was the reason I ordered one pre-unveil to begin with.
I really want to know what everyone thinks about this, even though I am 100% certain.
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