Tesla co-founder Elon Musk probably surpassed even his own limits of making bold, and by some measures outlandish statements, as he threw up a challenge to the other car makers of the world.
“The fundamental message that consumers should be taking today is that it’s financially insane to buy anything other than a Tesla,” the CEO of the electric auto maker said after Monday’s robotaxi announcement. “It would be like owning a horse in three years. I mean, fine if you want to own a horse. But you should go into it with that expectation.”
While making a very ambitious pledge of his company being able to put on the road more than 1 million robotaxis next year, the billionaire entrepreneur also boasted about the development that Tesla was making in self-driving technology while addressing a gathering at the Tesla Autonomy Investor Day in Palo Alto, California.
“If you buy a car that does not have the hardware for full self-driving, it is like buying a horse,” he reiterated. “And the only car that has the hardware for full self-driving is a Tesla.”
Here have been earlier occasions when Musk had made use of the horse metaphor while describing the power and performance of Tesla cars. Many still remembers Musk making a comment in September 2018 while participating in a bizarre podcast with Joe Rogan and where, it has been alleged, that he apparently was smoking marijuana, wherein he had said that having Teslas and the other regular cars on the road speaks to a “time of transition where there were horses and gasoline cars in the road at the same time.” He then went on to add that “back in Manhattan” during that time there were “like 300,000 horses.”
It has been a rarity that Musk has been able to deliver his pledges and predictions within the time frame he had fixed for himself. He also almost admitted to the same while talking on Monday. “Sometimes I am not on time, but I get it done.”
Musk have been pulled up by the government and US regulatory authorities in the past for some of the comments and promises that he had made – mainly through his tweets.
Musk, who is also the founder and owner of the space exploration company SpaceX also predicted on Monday that cars with no steering wheels or pedals would also be developed by the company within a time span of just two years.
(Adapted from CNBC.com)