Tesla CEO – Elon Musk stated that the technology of autonomous electric cars should be ready by the end of the year, and he hopes that it could be widely used in the United States of America and possibly in Europe, where the start of sales depends on regulatory approvals.
Speaking at an energy conference in Norway, Musk said his current focus is on the SpaceX Starship spacecraft and Tesla’s autonomous electric cars.
“The two technologies I’m focused on, trying to ideally get them done before the end of the year, are getting our Starship into orbit and Tesla cars that will be able to drive themselves. Make self-driving widely available at least in the US and potentially Europe, subject to regulatory approval,” Musk told the audience.
Oil and gas are still needed
Earlier, Musk stated that the world must continue to exploit oil and gas in order to maintain civilization, but at the same time develop sustainable sources of energy.
“Realistically, I think we have to use oil and gas in the short term, because otherwise civilization will fall apart,” Musk told reporters at the conference.
Asked whether Norway should continue drilling for oil and gas, Musk said: “I think additional exploitation is justified at this point.”
“One of the biggest challenges the world has ever faced is the transition to sustainable energy and a sustainable economy. The transition will take several decades,” he said.
Musk states that offshore wind energy production in the North Sea, combined with stationary batteries, could become a key source of energy. “It could provide a strong, sustainable source of energy in the winter,” he concluded.