A look at Tesla and its drivers under Elon Musk

“My vision for all transportation, of moving more people more quickly and just doing it with lower impact, is Uberized,” Mr. Musk said during a February 2017 podcast episode. “It’s just faster, it’s self-driving, it’s riding shared.”

While there’s much about Tesla’s self-driving systems that has been tested and trialed, including the Model S, Model X and many autonomous prototype taxis in Las Vegas, from within Tesla itself it is clear that Musk is managing to push the boundaries of his technology. Tesla’s automated Advanced Driver Assistance System, which some analysts say amounts to an autopilot system of sorts, is a signature part of the vehicles and remains in a stage of development. And it was along with Mr. Musk’s concept of an integrated, shared network of self-driving cars that he imagined them becoming an integral part of the transportation infrastructure.

In a 2017 strategy document that Tesla posted on its website, it claimed that its goal was to get a 90 percent reduction in energy consumption for its own electric vehicles.

This is why, even though Mr. Musk himself isn’t the chief executive, now that Tesla has a stock market value of nearly $55 billion, and Elon Musk has quietly gone on a buying spree and acquired dozens of new companies, Tesla is in many ways only as much of his brainchild as the vision he has for the company.

It is “just rolling forward,” said a person with knowledge of Tesla’s autonomous technology. “What he’s trying to bring to market is a vision that is different than a lot of the other players in the space. They really share a similar vision but they’re different. They have different goals.”

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