Autonomous driving technology is all the rage these days but most manufactures contend a fully autonomous vehicle is still several years off. Apparently no one told Tesla CEO Elon Musk as he has revealed a fully autonomous model could be just two years away.
Speaking to Fortune, Musk said "I think we have all the pieces, and it’s just about refining those pieces, putting them in place, and making sure they work across a huge number of environments - and then we’re done."
While Tesla might have all the pieces in place to launch a fully autonomous model in two years, Musk concedes government regulators might not sign off on the car. As he explained, the approval process might take between one and five years in some jurisdictions, potentially even more in other jurisdictions.
During this time, Musk suggests cars could begin logging data to see whether or not an accident would have occurred if the vehicle was in fully autonomous mode. After enough data is collected and it becomes "statistically clear that an autonomous car is safer," he believes regulators will finally be comfortable with fully autonomous vehicles.