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US automotive and energy company Tesla plans to roll out a fleet of “robotaxis” in 2020.
“Robotaxis” will be Tesla’s first ever fully autonomous cars. This means that the cars can run without any humans controlling them. Unlike previous models, the “robotaxis” are equipped with a microchip called the “full self-driving computer,” which the tech giant developed in-house. Tesla CEO Elon Musk [EE-lohn muhsk] claimed that the microchip, which was designed for the sole purpose of fully self-driving cars, is the best of its kind in the world.
In addition to this powerful microchip, the “robotaxis” are also furnished with several cameras, sensors, and radars that help build the autonomous cars’ consciousness.
The release is part of Tesla’s plan to create a network of autonomous cars for its ride-sharing service. People who buy the “robotaxis” will be able to add their cars to the company’s fleet of self-driving cars, which customers can book through an app. Because of the cars’ full autonomy, owners of the “robotaxis” can also enjoy the luxury of sending out their cars without any drivers to pick up passengers and earn money.
However, before the full launch of the “robotaxis,” Tesla must first obtain approval from the federal government for its fully driverless cars to run on roads. The company must prove that the cars can run safely without getting involved in serious accidents.
Most US states are not stringent with approvals, except in California, which is Tesla’s largest market in the country. Despite this, Musk is confident that his company will be able to obtain approval sometime in 2020.