Tesla Confirms It’s Talking About Licensing Autopilot To Others

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the company is in early discussions with another carmaker about the potential licensing of its Autopilot self-driving technology.

Musk made the announcement at the end of the opening remarks of Tesla’s Q2 2022 earnings call.

Electrek notes that Musk said he wanted to “strongly emphasize” that Tesla is opening to licensing its technology to other companies.

What’s more, he went on to add that Tesla is already in early talks with a major carmaker about doing just that.

This is something that Musk has been making noises about for some time now but this is the closest we’ve come yet to it becoming a reality. There’s no telling which company Musk and Tesla are talking to, however.

Whichever outfit it is, employing Tesla’s self-driving technology won’t be a case of simply upgrading the software. Teslas use multiple sensors around the car and its own computer system to manage everything, so we have to imagine that those would also need to be installed in cars from other makers as well.

Interestingly, this is exactly what Apple was reported as working towards with its Project Titan in recent years. Rather than ship its own car, Apple was thought to be working on self-driving technology that could then be employed by other companies. Now, it appears that Tesla might beat it to the punch.

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