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Elon Musk Says Making Autonomous Cars Is Much Harder Than He Expected

After the company’s newest Full Self-Driving (FSD) software’s schedule slipped again, Tesla CEO Elon Musk remarked on Saturday that building a self-driving car was tougher than he thought.

Musk described self-driving cars as a “challenging challenge” that “needs solving a substantial chunk of real-world AI.”

“I didn’t anticipate it to be that difficult,” he added, “but the difficulty is evident in retrospect.”

He also mentioned that the most recent version of Tesla’s FSD beta software will be available shortly. He added, “I swear!”

FSD, which does not make a Tesla car totally autonomous, is presently available for a one-time fee of $10,000 and was first made available in beta to a select group of Tesla owners in October.

It has all of the capabilities of Tesla’s Autopilot, including autonomous braking, acceleration, and steering, as well as the ability to change lanes, park themselves and detect stop signs and traffic lights.

Musk said in July 2018 that FSD Version 9 will be published in August of that year. According to The Verge, he then stated in 2019 that “over a million cars with full self-driving” will be available within a year.

The billionaire’s most recent FSD Version 9 release timetable update came in April when he tweeted that he’d be astonished if the software didn’t arrive before June.

 

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