Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said Elon Musk won't be able to hit his goal of putting Tesla robotaxis on the road next year
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- Tesla CEO Elon Musk's timeline to have an autonomous ride-hailing service ready by next year is too aggressive, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told CNBC.
"I think it will be quite a few years beyond ," Khosrowshahi said when asked how much his prediction for when self-driving vehicles will arrive differs from Musk's.
- Autonomous-driving experts have told Business Insider that neither Tesla nor any of its competitors is likely to have fully autonomous driving technology ready by next year.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk's timeline to have an autonomous ride-hailing service ready by next year is too aggressive, Uber CEO Dara Khosrwoshahi told CNBC on Friday."I thought, if he can do it, more power to him," Khosrwoshahi said. "Our approach is a more conservative approach, as far as sensor technology and mapping technology. The software's going to get there, so I don't think that his vision is by any means wrong. I just think we disagree on timing."
"I think it will be quite a few years beyond ," Khosrhowshahi said when asked how much his prediction for when self-driving vehicles will arrive differs from Musk's.Read more: LIVE: Uber is set to begin trading in one of the largest US IPOs on record
Tesla did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.Musk has said that Tesla's vehicles will be ready to take part in an autonomous taxi service by the end of 2020. The vehicles will be able to drive anywhere without any restrictions, Musk said during an event for investors in April. That is a feat no company has achieved, though Musk acknowledged that Tesla may not receive immediate regulatory approval to use the cars in an autonomous taxi service in some areas.Autonomous-driving experts have told Business Insider that neither Tesla nor any of its competitors is likely to have fully autonomous driving technology ready by next year, and Musk has missed projections about autonomous-driving technology on multiple occasions. In 2015, he said it would ready in about two years, and Tesla has passed multiple deadlines set by Musk to send a self-driving vehicle across the US.
Uber's autonomous-driving program faced a major setback last year when one of its self-driving test vehicles hit and killed a pedestrian. Business Insider reports from November and December described tension and dysfunction within Uber's autonomous-driving unit, including safety concerns.
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