However, he cautioned, that the cars won't be 'in all jurisdictions, because we won't have regulatory approval everywhere, but I am confident we will have at least regulatory approval somewhere, literally next year'.
Tesla on Monday unveiled its custom computers now installed on its cars and said the hardware would be able to drive its cars by the end of next year, pending approval from lawmakers.
"It is fundamentally insane to buy anything other than a Tesla", Musk said at one point, arguing that purchasing a vehicle from any other automaker would be like getting a horse. The fundamental utility of your vehicle will increase by a factor of 5'.
And Musk said Tesla was halfway to completing a more advanced chip that would be "three times better".
Tesla first announced the network in 2016, describing it as a way for owners of the luxury vehicles to let others borrow their auto. This would allow owners of Teslas equipped with autonomous functionality to rent out their auto while it is not in use via an app. Musk estimates a single robotaxi can make $30,000 a year. And all the cars in Waymo's ride-hailing service still have a human behind the steering wheel ready to take control. The computers are roughly the same size as older computers in Tesla cars already, and use the same power.
"Tesla is starting to flirt with other battery makers in China, and Panasonic doesn't like that", said Sam Jaffe, managing director of battery consulting firm Cairn ERA.
Musk, 47, delivered the braggadocio amid detailed presentations by members of Tesla's Autopilot engineering team, which has spent the last several years working furiously to meet the boss's aggressive timelines.
Musk compared the Tesla Network to a combination between Uber and Airbnb. Tesla would take 25 percent to 30 percent of the payment for each ride ordered, similar to the cuts taken by other ride-hailing apps.
Most analysts said they believe slow Tesla sales warranted capping battery-production lines.
"In places where there aren't enough people to share their cars, Tesla would provide a dedicated fleet of robotaxis", the report added.
The company also sells a "full self-driving option" for an additional $5,000, explained on Tesla's website as "automatic driving from highway on-ramp to off-ramp", automatic lane changes, the ability to autopark and to summon a parked auto. All you have to do is improve the software'.
"Between now and when the robotaxis are fully deployed throughout the world, the sensible thing for us is to maximize the number of autonomous units made and drive the company toward cash-flow neutral", Musk said. "Sometimes I am not on time, but I get it done", he said.
'Once regulators are comfortable with us removing the steering wheel we'll delete that'. Teslas still require human intervention and are not considered fully self-driving, according to industry standards.
Musk also responded to criticism that his cars skipped laser-based lidar sensors in favor of lower-cost radar sensors.