There are very few guarantees when Elon Musk takes the stage to announce a new product. There is one, however: he'll say some crazy stuff. Today's autopilot announcement was no exception.
Talking about the future of self-driving, Musk mentioned that he believes his company is about three years away from a fully autonomous car that the driver never has to control, so you can sleep or work or whatever suits your fancy while you go about your commute. "Eventually, they're won't be wheels or pedals. You'll just jump in a car and go somewhere," he said.
That's an extreme take, but it's a vision that Google shares. Later, though, Musk walked it back a bit, admitting that a fully autonomous pod "sounds boring" and suggesting that cars of the future could function like Will Smith's Audi RSQ in I, Robot — usually autonomous, but with an optional manual override, popping a steering wheel out of the dash on command. "I think you want to have a steering wheel and pedals and be able to take control of the car when you want to take control," he said.
I think we can all agree that's the way to go. We can also agree that Elon Musk opining on the fly during a press event is Best Elon Musk.Verge Video: This is how Mercedes thinks we'll be driving in 2030