Tesla's Autopilot function is truly unique, since only the company's cars, in addition to sensors, use cameras for data collection and orientation in space. Furthermore, Tesla Autopilot is really promising, since the company's cars are the only ones in the world that can navigate and drive safely in unfamiliar territory. This is why Autopilot is generating interest from third party manufacturers who want to take advantage of its benefits in their vehicles.
During the Q4 2020 Earnings Call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company had already had preliminary discussions about sharing its self-driving software with other manufacturers.
"We've had some preliminary discussions about licensing Autopilot to other OEMs."
Tesla's goal is not a monopoly in a certain area, which is why the company willingly shares patents for its developments. The company's mission is to improve the life of mankind and fix climate change, and therefore, as soon as the right time comes, Tesla shares its developments with those who would also like to join the mission. Musk emphasized that the company is not committed to keeping the software for its own use only, and once the software becomes more reliable, Tesla will share it with other companies.
"We need to probably do a little more work to prove that Autopilot is capable of full self-driving. Then we're more than happy to license that to other car companies."
Musk has said in the past that he does not seek to crowd out other competitors, but simply promotes new technology. At the moment, FSD Beta is being actively tested, which is already capable of covering long distances without driver intervention. According to company estimates, Tesla will be able to achieve Level 5 autonomy in 2021.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.