The big picture! Tesla will open up self-driving patents, Musk: car companies to develop at least 5 years

January 30, Tesla CEO Musk recently said on social media platforms that Tesla's FSD (Fully Self-Driving Feature) will be open to other car companies in the future.
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Musk writes that for the difficulty of developing the FSD feature, it could take five years, or even longer, for any company to realize this feature through R&D.Musk
But Musk believes that for those who use our technology in good faith, Tesla will not launch a patent lawsuit against them, "Patents will become useless when innovation is so fast. What really matters is the speed of innovation."
As early as last year, Musk had said he was considering the possibility of opening up Tesla's FSD capabilities. He said it would be cool if other car companies were granted and use Tesla's self-driving technology in their new cars. But given the high cost of developing the system, Tesla would charge a fee.

Currently, Tesla charges owners who subscribe to FSD $12,000 (64,000 yuan in China), while subscribers in North America can subscribe on a monthly basis for $199.
Musk has always believed that when FSD finally reaches its full potential, it will make make make driving safer than ever before, and that by open-sourcing the software, which will contain more real data, it will further improve the safety of the system.

In fact, this is not the first time Tesla has opened up its patents, as the company has so far made hundreds of patent items public or available for licensing since 2014. Last year, Tesla also opened up its own Supercharger stations in parts of Europe, allowing other brands of electric vehicles to quickly replenish their energy.
Of course, Tesla's practice of disclosing its patents may also be "utilitarian". For example, to achieve marketing gimmicks, to collect royalties, or to be the first to set the standard for new energy vehicles.

But whether subjective or objective, Tesla's approach has directly promoted the development of electric vehicles, and has allowed later adopters to take a lot less detours. This is also the reason why many people regard Tesla as the benchmark car company for new energy vehicles and its CEO Musk as the pioneer of new energy vehicles.

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John Murphy is the founder of TOPCARS Tesla Aftermarket Accessories, as well as an investor in Tesla and owner of the Model Y. He posts about Tesla news while running the site on a daily basis.

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