Tesla to Make Dedicated Robotaxi at Giga Texas with No Steering Wheel or Pedals

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During Tesla’s Q1 earnings call, CEO Elon Musk announced the company will be making a new vehicle at Giga Texas—a dedicated robotaxi with no steering wheel or pedals.

Musk said Tesla plans to reach volume production of this autonomous robotaxi in 2024, that “will be a massive driver” of the company’s growth. It will have the lowest full considered cost per kilometre, taking everything into consideration. Musk said it will be a “very powerful product.”

The Tesla CEO said there would be other innovations around this robotaxi coming that are “exciting”.

It’s likely this robotaxi will of course be leveraging Tesla’s Autopilot with Full Self-Driving (FSD) capabilities. As it stands, FSD remains in beta and is still in development with a fleet of 100,000 testers, as revealed in a recent interview with TED’s Chris Anderson at Giga Texas.

Tesla said earlier today it plans to release FSD Beta to all U.S. testers by the end of this year. FSD Beta has already started trials for a smaller number of owners in Canada.