Autonomy is the way to go in the automotive business, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
In an interview with tech site Re/code, he said he is confident by 2018 cars would be fully autonomous, while it would take another year for regulations to be implemented.
“I think we are less than two years away from complete [vehicle] autonomy, safer than humans, but regulations should take at least another year,” he said at the Code Conference 2016.
However, it seems he is the most optimistic out of his peers, as most other players predict total autonomy in the 2020s.
General Motors (GM) president Dan Amman has stated that the company would have self-driving cars by 2020, while Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn also set 2020 as the deadline for Nissan’s autonomous cars.
Toyota’s driverless cars may take even longer, as the head of project Gil Pratt has declared he believes it would take more than four years to the finish line of fully autonomous cars.
Currently, Tesla appears to be the most active in seeking to roll out fully-autonomous vehicles, with the industry already abuzz with speculations on the possible announcement of the Model 3 consumer sedan equipped with full self-driving capabilities.
You can listen to Re/code’s full interview with Musk below: