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Tesla ride-sharing service will cover drivers with its own insurance program - Roadshow

by Zack Garibay (2020-02-07)

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Tim Stevens/Roadshow Tesla is riding the bull this year as it quickly builds on momentum from some impressive financial and vehicle delivery figures. However, one of the company's next endeavors won't surround car building at all.

Electrek first reported on Tuesday that plans for a Tesla ride-sharing service are well underway, and the new service will cover drivers under the firm's own insurance program. Tesla didn't immediately respond to a request for more information on this news, however.

According to the report, an app will roll out, online insurances giving you the ability to hail a Tesla vehicle with a human driver behind the wheel -- a different approach than CEO Elon Musk's goal of rolling out said service with totally self-driving vehicles. However, Musk did seem open to launching such a service before totally autonomous cars are ready. The firm remains bullish on self-driving vehicle technology and believes it will achieve autonomy without lidar technology.

During Tesla's fourth-quarter earnings call, Musk again reiterated support for human drivers for the "Tesla Network." The CEO said "it's probably something that we would enable before a sort of robotaxi fleet is enabled."