To go with AFP story China-auto-show-environment-Tesla,FOCUS by Bill Savadove This picture taken on March 17, 2015 shows Tesla Model S vehicles parked outside a car dealership in Shanghai. Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk has launched spacecraft into orbit, but popularising his Tesla electric cars in China is proving to be tougher than rocket science. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

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If you believe the hype coming out of the tech industry, autonomous driving is the future of how we’ll get around. And there’s perhaps no bigger hype-driver than Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who breezily predicted earlier this year that vehicles will become almost fully autonomous by mid-2020 or so

Of course, Musk has predicted that degree of autonomy for years—at one point, he also said that “full self-driving” features would arrive in Tesla vehicles by 2019. Nonetheless, Musk is just one of the many technologists working towards our self-driving future; his company is locked in fierce competition with Waymo, a Google subsidiary that has been piloting self-driving taxicabs on the mean streets of suburban Phoenix, as well as Uber (which has experienced some autonomous-driving setbacks) and the “traditional” auto industry.

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