Elon Musk promises self-driving ‘robo-taxis’ 3 years after first announcing them

Fully self-driving robo-taxis could hit the streets in the near future, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced at the opening of the firm's new Texas Gigafactory yesterday.

Wearing a cowboy hat and black glasses, Musk said that the taxis will be produced on a 'massive scale' and have full self-driving capabilities, a technology which is still not completely functional even on today's Tesla cars despite years of promises.

If Tesla goes ahead with the ambitious plan, it could sell thousands of its self-driving cabs to companies like Uber and Lyft in a move that could almost completely do away with human drivers.

At the event, Musk said: "What I can say is we’re gonna move to truly massive scale – scale that no company has ever achieved in the history of humanity.

"That has to happen to transition the world to sustainable energy. Massive scale, Full Self-Driving, there’s gonna be a dedicated Robotaxi that’s gonna look quite futuristic."

However, Musk's claims have been met with some skepticism. He previously said Tesla wanted to build robotaxis in 2019 and release them in the US by 2020, but the plan never came to fruition.

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Musk has also missed a number of his self-imposed deadlines on bringing full self-driving capabilities to the masses. He has famously been promising that Teslas will drive themselves 'next year' almost every year since 2014.

At the Cyber Rodeo event, he claimed that the Tesla feature—which currently costs American drivers $12,000—will be worth over $100,000 (£76,000) in the future.

He said this is because owners will be able to rent out their cars for self-driving while they're not being used.

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