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Tesla wants to start autonomous taxis in 2020

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San Francisco (AFP)

Elon Mash, the founding head of Tesla, announced on Monday that an electric car manufacturer intends to offer an autonomous platform for car booking in 2020.

"I can announce autonomous + robotics + for the next year with great certainty," said Elon Musk, during the day of presenting investors to Tesla's plans and ambitions for autonomous driving.

The idea is based on the principle of the platform for reserving car drivers, but in this case … without the driver.

He believes he is licensed to launch this service in parts of the United States, provided that the current Tesla owners, who already have independent features, are willing to play.

Musk, who promotes Hyperloop's fast futuristic speed train and wants to colonize Mars with SpaceX missiles, said Tesla was to create an application that would allow participants to use it.

"The use of the vehicle is multiplied by 5," he said.

The manufacturer also introduced a computer board that must provide "fully autonomous driving".

This computer and the new electronic chip that will be the brain will be installed in all Tesla, although the fully autonomous driving still has many technical and legal obstacles to overcome before it can be generalized.

These vehicles for the time do not meet the definitions of autonomous driving at "level 4" (the vehicle drives itself, but the man is present to take his hand if necessary), and for the "ato" of "level 5" (without the presence of a person) .

Musk also said that with Tesla technology, drivers "should not touch the wheel again" early next year.

Tesla competes with many companies, such as Uber – a world number one car driver – but Waymo (Alphabet / Google), who is already testing the autonomous taxi service in Arizona (south).

Lift, a Uber competitor in the United States, also announced a complete test for reservations for drivers with some customers in Boston (East) at the end of 2017.

Most large car manufacturers also work on the autonomous car.

The stock market was not impressed, and Tesla shares lost 3.85% on Wall Street.

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