Autonomous vehicle technology

Elon Musk offers another self-driving prediction for Tesla

In this image, Elon Musk stands in a suit with a microphone in front of a red sign depicting the Tesla logo.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Photo: Nora Tam/South China Morning Post via Getty Images

Tesla CEO Elon Musk yesterday said the electric carmaker's full self-driving feature will be completed by the end of 2019. Don't count on it.

Why? Musk has made bold predictions before, telling Fortune in 2015 that Tesla cars would drive themselves within two years. So it's prudent to take his latest prediction, during a podcast interview with money management firm and Tesla investor ARK Invest, with a grain of salt.

Amazon's autonomous vehicles bet could make deliveries even cheaper

In this illustration, a cardboard Amazon delivery box is fashioned into the shape of a car.
Photo: Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Amazon has been pouring money into autonomous vehicle technology, a strategy that could squeeze its retail competitors by allowing it to control the entire shopping process from click-to-buy to delivery.

What's new: The online retail giant was fairly quiet about its AV ambitions until now. But with a rapid-fire series of investments, Amazon is declaring its intention to automate shipping and logistics every step of the way — from its warehouses to highways to your doorstep.

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