by Hyunjoo Jin
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tesla will make futuristic-looking self-driving taxis, the electric carmaker’s chief executive Elon Musk promised on Thursday, without giving a timeline.
“Massive scale. Fully self-driving. There’s going to be a dedicated robo-taxi,” the 50-year-old billionaire said at the grand opening of the $1.1 billion factory in Texas, which houses its new headquarters.
Elon Musk has already announced several times the launch of autonomous vehicles, without success so far. In 2019, he said “robo-taxis” capable of driving without a driver would be available in some US markets in 2020.
Advanced driver assistance systems, which Tesla currently sells for $12,000 (about 11,000 euros), do not make its vehicles autonomous and require driver supervision.
(Report Hyunjoo Jin with the contribution of Akash Sriram in Bangalore, French version Anait Miridzhanian, edited by Jean-Michel Bélot)