Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Monday that he aims to have Tesla’s self-driving technology ready by the end of the year. Subject to regulatory approval, Musk further anticipates that it would be widely available in the United States and potentially in Europe, according to Inquirer.net.
Additionally, Musk stated that his focus was presently on his SpaceX Starship spacecraft and self-driving Tesla electric vehicles when speaking at an energy conference in Norway.
“The two technologies I am focused on, trying to ideally get done before the end of the year, are getting our Starship into orbit … and then having Tesla cars to be able to do self-driving.
“Have self-driving in wide release at least in the U.S., and … potentially in Europe, depending on regulatory approval,” Musk told the audience.
Musk also stated that in order to preserve civilization, the world must continue to extract oil and gas while simultaneously creating sustainable forms of energy.
“Realistically I think we need to use oil and gas in the short term, because otherwise civilization will crumble,” Musk told reporters on the sidelines of the conference.
He was then asked if Norway should push on with drilling for oil and gas, “I think some additional exploration is warranted at this time.”
“One of the biggest challenges the world has ever faced is the transition to sustainable energy and to a sustainable economy,” he said. “That will take some decades to complete.”
He claimed that stationary battery packs and offshore wind power generation in the North Sea might become a significant source of energy.
“It could provide a strong, sustainable energy source in winter,” he said.
However, it is still worth mentioning that a California state transportation authority recently accused Tesla of falsely advertising its autopilot and full self-driving functions as giving autonomous vehicle control. Therefore, Musk must prove the accusation wrong if he aims to achieve his target release of its self-driving technology.