Elon Musk Guarantees Tesla’s Proposed ‘Robotaxi’ Will ‘Look Fairly Futuristic’

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tesla will construct a automobile devoted to be used as a robotaxi, and it’ll begin making three new automobiles subsequent 12 months, CEO Elon Musk informed followers at a celebration celebrating the opening of a Texas manufacturing unit.Musk didn’t give particulars of the robotaxi apart from to say it is going to “look fairly futuristic.” He additionally mentioned Tesla will begin constructing the Cybertruck pickup at its new manufacturing unit close to Austin, Texas, subsequent 12 months. After that, it is going to begin constructing a brand new Roadster and an electrical semi, he mentioned.He made his remarks Thursday night time on the “Cyber Rodeo at Giga Texas,” an invitation-only get together for 1000’s of company at Tesla’s new billion-dollar-plus manufacturing unit.As many as 15,000 individuals had been anticipated to attend the non-public occasion hosted to mark the opening of the brand new manufacturing unit in Travis County that additionally serves as the corporate’s new headquarters following its transfer from California.Musk mentioned on the Thursday night time occasion streamed dwell on YouTube that Tesla was delivering the primary Mannequin Y small SUVs constructed on the new manufacturing unit, which he mentioned could make a half million of the SUVs per 12 months.Tesla and Musk have typically missed targets to begin producing automobiles. In 2019, he promised a fleet of autonomous robotaxis can be on the street the next 12 months, however the firm’s “Full Self-Driving” software program remains to be being examined by chosen Tesla house owners on public roads.The corporate is the biggest maker of electrical automobiles within the U.S. and the world.Musk mentioned this 12 months will probably be about scaling up the Austin manufacturing unit in addition to a brand new one in Germany. He additionally mentioned the corporate might begin constructing a robotic in 2023. “Subsequent 12 months there’s going to be a large wave of recent merchandise,” he informed the gang Thursday night time.A county-issued allow mentioned the occasion included interactive excursions, meals, alcohol and dwell leisure. However the occasion was off-limits to most of the people and the information media.Musk has mentioned the Austin-area plant will make use of as much as 10,000 employees.

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