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Elon Musk to show robotaxis with no human drivers in next year

Tesla also introduce a microchip for self-driving vehicles

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/NOVOSTIVL/ Chief Executive Elon Musk said Tesla Inc. robotaxis with no human drivers would be available in some markets next year thanks to exponential improvements in technology. This article appeared in the Reuters.

“Probably two years from now we’ll make a car with no steering wheels or pedals,” he predicted, while acknowledging he often missed deadlines and his presentation on Monday started 30 minutes late.

Musk also unveiled on Monday a microchip for self-driving vehicles that the electric car company hopes will give Tesla an edge over rivals and persuade investors its massive investment in autonomous driving will pay off.

The presentation comes two days before Tesla is expected to announce a quarterly loss on fewer deliveries of its Model 3 sedan, which represents Tesla’s attempt to become a volume carmaker.

Global carmakers, large technology companies and an array of startups are developing self-driving — including Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo and Uber Technologies Inc. — but experts say it will be years before the systems are ready for prime time.

Musk touted a much faster time frame.

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