Tesla Cuts Costs Relentlessly
The picture shown here is the Citroën Ami - a quadricycle car that is nearly symmetrical from front to back. Tesla can take a lesson from this.
Tesla is going to produce a Robotaxi vehicle, and I'm going to share what I think this vehicle will be like. As Tesla has shown, they are laser focused on cutting costs and being very efficient in the manufacturing process of their vehicles.
There is Project Juniper, which will help reduce the cost of the Model Y.
And likely many more continuous improvements happening to the Model S and Model X vehicles in order to get their cost down. Tesla has also engineered the Cybertruck in such a way that there is no need to fold the steel and curve it. Every piece of the Cybertruck is flat. It's a genius decision.
Tesla has future vehicles they are going to release and one of these is going to be a Robotaxi vehicle. It's going to be a vehicle that has the sole purpose of driving autonomously without intervention.
This is going to be a big step for Tesla and here is why I think this vehicle will be symmetrical, among many other things.
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Symmetrical Robotaxi Vehicle
The very first reason I think the Robotaxi will be symmetrical is that it will allow Tesla to hook two castings together in the exact same way. There will be no variation between the front of the vehicle or the back of the vehicle, and Tesla will use one mold to make the castings only.
The front and back of the vehicle will have a single wiper and two cameras for each. There will be a side camera, and two cameras at the front and back of the car, giving the vehicle a total of 8 cameras. Tesla will most likely find a way to reduce this number over time.
Having a symmetrical vehicle means when you look at the robotaxi vehicle, it will look identical from the front or back. In fact, you won't be able to tell where the front or the back of the vehicle is. The vehicle will have a primary direction it goes and will most likely have seats that face this direction. That will be the only way you know the front from back.
Tesla will also save on costs by having only two doors for the vehicle as well.
Tesla will make this vehicle with no glass anywhere, but with cameras that allow you to see the outside world while you are in it. This will greatly reduce cost. Now, Tesla may make it so that there is some room for a pane of glass, but it won't need a windshield because it just needs enough space for the cameras to see.
This will be a revolutionary vehicle. I can see it having windows the size of those on an airplane, so that there is some visibility to the outside world. But, once autonomy is solved, there won't be much need to see what is going on with the road and driving.
Having two identical casts that are put together that are the exact same will save Tesla a ton of money and time in making this vehicle. I see Tesla only having seats in it and a screen - perhaps a screen for the front and back seats, so that those going to destinations have access to entertainment/games or to see where they are on their route.
What do you think of a symmetrical robotaxi? Will Tesla do this in order to save on costs?
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.