Tesla CEO Elon Musk does not hide has passion for creating a fully functional self-driving car. The company has already released a package of semi-autonomous driving features called Autopilot without taking its eye off the permanent aim which is to create a proper autonomous car. Musk is confident that the company will be able to achieve this goal and make cars capable of driving themselves in just two years from now.
That’s what he said in a new interview with Fortune, “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,” he added.
Musk didn’t stop from throwing some shade at George Hotz, a.k.a GeoHot, the infamous iPhone hacker who is now single-handedly building a self-driving car. Tesla has already responded to some of the claims made about his software.
The Tesla CEO says in the interview that this job isn’t as easy as people make it out to be, saying “it’s not like George Hotz, a one-guy-and-three-months problem,” more like one that requires thousands of people to work on it to achieve tangible results in about two years.
Musk does acknowledge that “George is an amazing hacker,” but says that one doesn’t make production software just by hacking, “a hack does not work” he says, “a hack crashes.”
Talking about his own product, Musk didn’t reveal what the next version of Autopilot is going to bring to the table, only reiterating that Tesla will bring complete autonomy to its cars “in approximately two years.”