Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk said the automaker has an autonomous vehicle that could “become a real killer” for the world, and the company will be able to produce more in 2017.
In a conference call Tuesday, Musk said he expects Tesla’s new vehicle to be on the road by the end of 2018.
Musk said there are many challenges ahead for autonomous vehicle technology, but that the company is “starting to get it right.”
“Autonomous vehicles are the future of transportation.
That’s what we’re doing,” Musk said.
“The goal is to make it a killer.
I don’t think we’re even close.
We’re starting to get there.”
Musk also said Tesla will sell cars in the U.S. that have “autonomous capabilities.”
But he did not specify whether they would be for cars sold by Tesla itself or others.
Tesla will be the first automaker to sell vehicles with fully autonomous driving features.
Musk has been critical of other automakers for not making such a move, saying he doesn’t believe there are enough drivers for autonomous vehicles.
Tesla’s stock price has dropped more than 40% since Musk took over as CEO in October.