Steve Jurvetson, an early Tesla investor and current company board member, stated that Uber's CEO told him that if Tesla is able to build a fully-functioning autonomous vehicle by 2020, Uber would want to buy 500,000 of them.
According to Charged EVs, that accounts for every model Tesla would be able to create in the auto’s first year.
Jurvetson also discussed the benefits of embracing the driving technology Tesla is developing, saying that the cars are an ideal way to eliminate traffic gridlock, get people moving more efficiently, and provide an exceptionally safe commute to travelers.
“I believe they are already safer than my parents,” Jurvetson said of the “robocars”, “and I would trust my kids with them.”
Although in the panel, the speakers make predictions about how fast Tesla’s production process will actually move, most are hopeful that fully autonomous cars will be available in the next 15 years.
During Tesla's Earnings call, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas asked Musk “is this a real business opportunity for Tesla, supplying cars for ride-sharing firms or does Tesla just cut out the middle man and sell on demand electric mobility services directly on its own platform?”
Musk responded with an excruciating six seconds of silence, before sheepishly saying Jonas’ was “an insightful question.”
“You don’t have to answer it,” replied Jonas.
“I don’t think I should, uh, answer it.”