Tesla has removed a “full self-driving” option from its car store on its website. According to Elon Musk, the option will still be available “off-menu”, but will be phased out entirely until the company is ready to roll out the service. The company said the option was causing too much confusion among customers.
Three years ago Musk claimed that Teslas would be able to drive in a fully autonomous setting by 2017 and that every car manufactured after 2015 would have the hardware to make this possible. However, the company was forced to admit that it will need to add additional hardware — AI chip, to the existing vehicles to allow self-driving capabilities. Tesla has even had problems with its claims of Autopilot — an option that only works in very specific situations and under driver supervision, but has caused confusion among customers. In Germany, the company was asked to stop using the term ‘Autopilot’.
The company move to back off on self-driving claims coincided with the publication of a poll from China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, and the US, which found that 71% of car owners polled falsely believed that they could buy fully autonomous vehicles on the market today.
Lyft launches a subscription service
Lyft is launching a subscription service allowing users to ride for set prices for a monthly fee of $299. The All-Access Plan gives the customers an opportunity to take 30 rides for up to $15 each. If the ride goes over that price, the customer covers the difference. All rides taken after the 30 included in the package, get a 5% discount.
According to the company’s claims, customers that will use the All-Access Plan will cut their transportation costs by up to 59%. The subscription is available to all US users.
Waze rolls out carpooling in entire US
Waze, Alphabet-owned company, has announced that it will be rolling out its carpooling service across the entire US. The service first launched in 2016 in California and has since expanded to 5 US states.
The company said it has a ‘superior routing technology’, developed based on traffic data from 100 million monthly active users, which will allow it to be more efficient in filling the empty car seats.
Waze Carpool lets drivers and riders choose their carpool partners. The service is different from Uber and Lyft, as it pairs drivers with riders with nearly identical routes, and riders are charges maximum of 54 cents per mile. The company also claims that unlike Uber and Lyft, its services do not add extra cars to the roads, it only allows the drivers and riders to share the costs of the route that they were going to take alone anyways.