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Will Your Tesla Be Able To Drive Itself This Year?

Tesla has been working on self driving software for a long time. Will it be able to drive itself this year?

Tesla Self-Driving Cars

* Have you wondered if a Tesla can really drive itself?
* Can a Tesla really drive around without a driver in the seat and make money for you while you sleep?
* Is there a problem with safety when a Tesla is driving by itself?
* Are Tesla vehicles really safe, and will they stop for pedestrians and other vehicles while driving?

All of these are great questions to ask about Tesla self-driving cars, and I have the answers. Let's go over these questions and more.

If you have wondered if a Tesla can drive itself, the answer is that a Tesla most definitely can drive itself. In fact, here in 2023, there are YouTube videos of people in their Tesla vehicle driving for a half hour or more without having to intervene with the car driving.

You see, a Tesla can drive itself, but there is one stipulation that Tesla makes VERY CLEAR when you get in the car and activate its self-driving software. And that is this:

The car is not yet autonomous and requires constant supervision and the driver being ready to take over at any time.

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When Will It Drive Itself?

Tesla cars are driving themselves today, but with human supervision. Tesla is using the data gathered from its cars to train its neural net to be a better driver. Think of it like a teenager learning to drive at 16, then becoming better as they become an adult. A Tesla is in that transition stage - it's in the adult stage and, often times, catches things the human driver did not.

There is still room to improve and until the improvement is much better than an average human driver, Tesla will continue to make it mandatory for there to be a driver who is watching and is able to take over at any moment.

A Tesla cannot make money for you while you sleep yet. However, I see this happening within the next year - two years maximum. Once Tesla vehicles are on the road and not needing any intervention at all, it will be time for the first Robotaxis to launch autonomously.

Autonomy is simply a car driving itself without human intervention. A Robotaxi is the term used for a car that drives around without a driver, kind of like a taxi without a driver. If you own a Tesla and have its FSD (full self-driving) software, you'll be able to have your car make money for you while you sleep or do something else.

Tesla's are incredibly safe vehicles. They are rated 5 stars by NHTSA. They have a software safety score that is being continuously refined to make sure the driver is paying attention and not doing things that put the vehicle and the occupants in harms way.

I own a Tesla and have used its Autopilot and Cruise Control software. These are "watered-down" versions of its FSD software, but they have always stopped for people and cars in front of me.

If you need any further proof, please watch this video below of an FSD drive in a Tesla:

What do you think about Tesla vehicles driving themselves? Will you be able to make money soon with a Tesla that operates as a robotaxi?

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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.

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