Tesla Had Early Talks About Licencing Autopilot to Traditional Automakers
Three free months of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving were activated earlier this month for many new Tesla owners, with many wondering what the future of the system may look like.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday at the company’s Q4 earnings call that the company is in early talks to share its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) autonomous driving software with other manufacturers, according to Business Insider.
During the call, Musk said, “We’ve had some preliminary discussions about licensing Autopilot to other OEMs.”
Musk also shared that Tesla was simply waiting for the system to become more reliable before sharing it with other companies. In the past, Musk has said he’s not keen on edging out other competitors, but rather he’s focused on advancing the technology as a whole.
The FSD software was first publicly released in a limited beta in October. While the technology is currently only at a Level 2 autonomy, and still requires a licensed driver to keep one hand on the wheel, Musk says he’s optimistic that the company could achieve a Level 5 autonomy later this year.
Only Honda has approval for Level 3 autonomy currently, and they, like many other companies, don’t even have the service available or on the road yet.
In any case, Tesla’s FSD is still a work in progress, even though it feels perfectly-dialed to many Tesla owners. Still, this simply means that the technology will soon perform at an incredible level – and hopefully soon enough we’ll be riding around in driverless robotaxis.