The idea of an autonomous taxi is a goal that many automakers and researchers in autonomous technology are working on. In many large urban areas, the main modes of transport for citizens are taxis and public transport. The large number of taxis in some areas creates a significant amount of traffic and accidents because humans aren’t as focused and don’t pay as much attention to the hardware of autonomous vehicles.
However, according to Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson, we are still a long way from autonomous taxi fleets. TO the recent Reuters Events Automotive Summit, he said he believed the industry was about a decade away from commissioning robotaxis fleets. Rawlinson added that autonomous taxi services won’t be coming anytime soon, even with the most advanced detection systems in the world.
Rawlinson described the upcoming challenge for companies building autonomous vehicles as a “mountain to climb” in terms of software creation. For those who don’t know Rawlinson, he’s a former Tesla chief engineer. Tesla is also working on autonomous vehicle systems and today has very advanced driver assistance systems known as autopilot available in its vehicles.
Lucid is a company producing electric automobiles and only recently entered mass production with its Air EV. The very first Production Air will roll off the assembly line on September 28. Lucid didn’t say it was about time how many EVs he had built so far, but we do know the company has over 13,000 orders on the car’s books. At the time, Lucid said the first Air EVs would be delivered in late October and promised to ramp up production quickly after that.
Lucid could become one of Tesla’s biggest rivals. Tesla CEO Elon Musk had promised in the past a fleet of self-driving taxis by 2020, which has not happened. Tesla CFO Zach Kirkhorn was recently asked about when we might see self-driving taxis ply the roads. All he would say is that it was difficult to be precise about the timelines for the autonomous technological capacity.