The company plans to enable every Tesla vehicle built since October 2016, all of which have been fitted with a suite of cameras and sensors, to upgrade its software and computer to support point-to-point autonomous driving with no human taking over. This, in turn, will enable the car to offer rides to members of the public autonomously – all without requiring a human driver.
It’s this part of the plan where it starts to become interesting. Tesla aims to roll out a smartphone app, similar to Uber, where users can hail a ride from Teslas in their area. Vehicle owners can specify times of day where they want their car to join the network, enabling them to be used when the owner doesn’t need it. The owners can then earn money from their cars during the day.