Notoriously cocksure CEO Elon Musk says Tesla are “very close” to achieving L5 vehicle autonomy, though he didn’t specify just how close;
“I’m extremely confident that Level 5 or essentially complete autonomy will happen, and I think will happen very quickly” Musk said in remarks made via a video message at the opening of Shanghai’s annual World Artificial Intelligence Conference. “I remain confident that we will have the basic functionality for Level 5 autonomy complete this year.”
Automakers and tech companies including Alphabet, Waymo, and Uber Technologies are investing billions in the autonomous driving industry. However, industry insiders generally agree it will take quite a bit of time for the technology to be ready for real.