Tesla employees are now Testing FSD
Elon Musk has asked for Tesla Inc. employees to test what the company has billed as full self-driving capability and is dangling $13,000 in savings to entice them to help.
Musk wrote in an email obtained by Bloomberg News that Tesla needed about 100 more employees to join an internal testing program linked to rolling out the full self-driving capability. Any worker who buys a Tesla and agrees to share 300 to 400 hours of driving feedback with the company’s Autopilot team by the end of next year won’t have to pay for full self-driving -- an $8,000 saving -- or for a premium interior, which normally costs $5,000, Musk wrote.
Since March 2018, the Neuhausen Swiss transit authority has been operating a Navya 11-passenger autonomous bus (nicknamed “Trapizio”) on a regular fixed route, integrated into its public transit bus system.
Instead of a driver, the vehicle hosts a “steward” who welcomes passengers and can control the vehicle if necessary as it makes a 10-minute loop through town. After 8,000 rides on Trapizio, the city is already looking to add a second route.
I'm tired of those who claim without evidence that full self-driving vehicles are 5-10 years away. They are wrong. It doesn't matter how or why, but these vehicles are here operating safely.
I'm less concerned with SAE levels or geographical or conditional operation.
Tesla Network will provide point-to-point operation for certain geography first. Not all over the earth at the same time. States like California, Nevada, Arizona, and foreign locales like Switzerland are already adopting these safety-first operations. It is only a matter of time before Tesla activates their Uber/Lyft/Waymo network of 100% electric vehicles with eventual rollout to areas that adopt laws regulating FSD vehicles. With a network of super-fast chargers. Already powered by sunlight and stationary batteries at some locations.
Nobody is saying other companies won't eventually get there, but Tesla has already sold ~200,000 FSD-equipped, data-gathering robots. And 8,000 more every week. Waymo will "eventually" buy 20,000 EVs from Jag/Minivans? How much is the extra ugly hardware/Lidar? That's 2 weeks of Tesla production by the end of 2018. Tesla has a walled garden the likes of which Apple WISHES it could get.
#1 selling Full-Size Sedan
#1 selling Luxury SUV
#1 highest grossing Sedan.
Most people I know admire the underdog that fights GM/FORD/VW/Mercedes, Oil/Gas/Coal/Utilities, Texas/Car Sellers/Presidential Candidates, China/Russia, Defense Contractors and Wall Street and Tesla is in for one hell of a fight.