Tesla’s Musk sees a future without human drivers image

Well known bullish entrepreneur and co-founder chief executive of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk forecasts that one day autonomous cars would be safe enough to make human driving illegal because of its increased dangers.

The billionaire entrepreneur, which has ventures that cover space travel or energy storage, besides the well-known electric automaker Tesla, was present at a technology conference called by Nvidia and was invited to discuss about the future of the incipient self-driving segment. “In the distant future, I think people may outlaw driving cars because it’s too dangerous,” Musk commented at the event. “You can’t have a person driving a two-ton death machine.” The executive made the remarks in the presence of Nvidia chief executive officer Jen-Hsun Huang, with the latter’s company responsible for producing the processors used to power the Tesla Model S. The high-tech chips are used to power the car’s instrument cluster (the Tegra 2 model) and the 17-inch navigation and infotainment screen (Tegra 3).

He later on tried to clarify his stance on autonomous driving taking to his usual Twitter postings and saying the company remains clearly in favor of allowing people to drive their own cars. The automotive and even technology industries have been shaken up by the prospective emergence of cars that can drive themselves, with traditional automakers such as Audi, Mercedes or Nissan and technology giants such as Google and maybe even Apple racing to research, develop and produce the driverless cars that only need artificial intelligence to safely navigate roads. Nvidis itself back in January during the International CES event in Las Vegas unveiled a purposely dedicated car processor that could be used in autonomous applications – the Tegra X1.

Via Automotive News