American entrepreneur Elon Musk said in Berlin that he believes that in ten years most cars will be driven independently.
“It is becoming increasingly rare for someone to drive their own car,” said Elon Musk, founder of the Tesla Automobile Group, which was awarded the Axel Springer Prize in Berlin on Tuesday.
The award, named after the founder of Germany’s largest media concern who publishes newspapers such as Bild or Welt, is being awarded for the fifth time to people who show a special sense of inventiveness. Previous winners include Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, as well as Amazon platform owner and founder ff Bezos.
Musk said in Berlin that he was not opposed to working with established carmakers such as BMW or Mercedes.
“If a competitor comes to Tesla with a co-operation proposal, we will not oppose it,” Musk said.
Tesla is currently building the largest plant in Europe near Berlin, which should produce up to half a million electric cars next year. Musk recently announced that an electric car battery factory should be set up on the site.
He also announced that, when the factory starts production, more time will be spent in Germany.