A new Tesla feature called ?Car Access? is rolling out to users, allowing Tesla
car owners to grant another driver the ability to access their car ? and it
reminds us a lot of something Elon Musk promised?last year.
[https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-car-access-robotaxi-remote/]and described in
Tesla?s updatedAccount Support [https://www.tesla.com/support/account-support] page, the Car Access feature allows an additional person access to the vehicle
and all Tesla app features except requesting roadside assistance and purchasing
To grant access to another driver, users will have to log into their Tesla
accounts, click on Manage, select Add Driver under Car Access, and enter the
driver?s name and email address. If the email address isn?t associated to an
existing Tesla account, the driver that?s been added will get an email prompting
them to create an account.
By itself, this is a nice little touch that may be useful in certain situations,
such as having someone fetch a forgotten bag from the trunk. However, it may be
a hugely important feature in the light of Tesla?s upcoming ambitions of turning
its vehicles into a robotaxi fleet.
> It?s there for when we start competing with Uber/Lyft & people allow their car
to earn money for them as part of the Tesla shared autonomy fleet. In case
someone messes up your car, you can check the video.
? Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 5, 2019
[https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1113977924947009536?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw] In 2019, Musk said Tesla owners would one day be able to turn their cars into
autonomous taxis, who would ferry other people around for a fee when not needed
by their owner. He also said that, with the feature enabled and regulatory
approval in place, Tesla would one day be a competitor to Lyft and Uber, who
are?also?working?on autonomous driving.
At the time, Musk said he hoped Tesla could actually turn its robotaxi ambitions
into reality in 2020 (he lateramended
2021), but fully autonomous cars aren?t even close to being widely approved yet.
Still, with the Car Access feature, Tesla owners can at least try out what it
would be like to rent out their car to another driver.
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