Tesla plans to launch a robotaxi service as soon as 2020, CEO Elon Musk said during Autonomy Day, the company’s investor day focused on autonomous driving.
“We expect to have the Robotaxis operating next year – with no-one in them,” Musk predicted.
The news comes as part of the firm’s broader vision for a wider autonomous ride-sharing network.
Under the proposed vision, owners of Tesla vehicles would be able to add their car to a Tesla ride-sharing app, in a similar model to Uber or Airbnb.
Tesla will take 25-30% of the revenue from those rides and in regions where there aren’t a large pool of vehicles available, Tesla will supply its own.
During his presentation, Musk forecasted that the network will have as many as a million cars in the next year and a half.
Musk also highlighted how regulatory approval will dictate where and when the robotaxi service is rolled out.
During Autonomy Day, Tesla also revealed its latest self-driving chip which Musk described as ‘the best chip in the world’.
“At first it seems improbable -- how could it be that Tesla, who has never designed a chip before -- would design the best chip in the world?” Musk said.
“But that is objectively what has occurred. Not best by a small margin, best by a huge margin. It’s in the cars right now.”