Speaking at a technology conference in California this week, Musk said that as self-driving cars become safer than humans, “you can’t have a person driving a two-ton death machine".
In its current developmental state, self-driving technology is far from being ready for full service - and legislation has yet to be approved for its use on most public roads - but Musk believes that day is not far off.
“I almost view it as a solved problem,” Musk said. “We know exactly what to do, and we’ll solve it in a few years.”
Musk later took to Twitter to clarify that Tesla is “strongly in favour of people being allowed to drive their cars”.
“However, when self-driving cars become safer than human-driven cars, the public may outlaw the latter. Hopefully not,” he added.
Tesla has revealed its own ‘autopilot’ system - essentially an enhanced and more sophisticated take on cruise control - and a number of key brands have been actively promoting their own self-driving projects in recent years.
Google and Apple have also launched into the autonomous driving arena, firing up speculation that the tech giants may announce their own road-going offerings in the years ahead.
To be clear, Tesla is strongly in favor of people being allowed to drive their cars and always will be. Hopefully, that is obvious.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 17, 2015
However, when self-driving cars become safer than human-driven cars, the public may outlaw the latter. Hopefully not.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 17, 2015