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Elon Musk promises Tesla cars will take you to the sky by 2020

PW Bureau

While speaking during the Tesla Autonomy Day at the Palo Alto-based headquarters, Musk said the company expects to get the necessary approvals by 2020

New Delhi: True to his spirit, Tesla’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Elon Musk has spelt out a bold and ambitious target for the electric car maker — that it will fly autonomous robotaxis from 2020. While speaking during the Tesla Autonomy Day at the Palo Alto-based headquarters late on Monday, Musk said the company expects to get the necessary approvals by 2020. “I feel very confident predicting that there will be autonomous robotaxis from Tesla next year -- not in all jurisdictions because we won't have regulatory approval everywhere,” Musk was quoted as saying by TechCrunch.

Robotaxis would return home to recharge

These taxis will be available in places where there aren't enough people to share their cars, and the taxis would return home and automatically park and recharge.

What does the future look like?

According to Musk, by the mid-2020, Tesla’s autonomous system will be so improved that drivers would not have to pay attention to the roads. “We will have more than one million robotaxis on the road,” Musk said, adding, “A year from now, we’ll have over a million cars with full self-driving, software... everything.”

He said that Tesla would soon develop cars that go for at least one million miles with minimal maintenance.

Uber too planning aerial taxi service by 2023

Ride-hailing app Uber is also planning to introduce aerial taxi service by 2023 and has named Dallas and Los Angeles in the US as the first two cities for the commercial launch of the service. It has been looking to select an international city as its third partner. It has shortlisted five countries — India, Japan, Australia, Brazil and France — and plans to select a city in one of these nations that will be the Uber Air City outside of the US.