Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, virtually attended the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai and participated in a Q&A session.
At the conference, Elon discussed Tesla’s effort toreach level 5 self-driving and showed great confidence in the early delivery of such a system:
When Tesla does achieve a “basic functionality for level 5 autonomy” as he just mentioned, it doesn’t mean that Tesla vehicles will be fully self-driving.
The automaker would still need to improve the system to be certified by road-safety authorities.
Musk also added that Tesla is training its system to handle odd situations that are encountered on roads:
Here is where a company like Tesla benefits from having hundreds of thousands of vehicles on the road equipped with sensors and camera feeding information to the company. This not only provides the company with big data but also helps it in optimizing and training the machine learning algorithms to predict and avoid certain dangerous that are a common occurrence on roads.