Tesla CEO Elon Musk Sees the End of Human-Driven Cars

Tesla founder believes the rise of autonomous cars could lead to new laws.

ByABC News
March 18, 2015, 9:20 AM

— -- Elon Musk sees a future where human drivers could be banned in favor of potentially safer self-driving cars.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO is known for his ideas that seem straight out of a science fiction novel, but when Musk talks, people listen.

"In the distant future, they may outlaw driven cars because they’re too dangerous," Musk said at computing company NVIDIA's annual conference this week.

Musk has spoken out about the need for humans to be careful with artificial intelligence, however he said he believes autonomous vehicles aren't something humans need to worry about.

He made the point that elevator operators used to be common and are now obsolete with modern circuitry that lets passengers get where they need to go with the press of a button. The same could happen with self-driving cars.

Tesla has added some self-driving features to its cars, however the company's vehicles are not yet entirely autonomous. Musk has previously spoken about the potential that self-driving technology has to save lives.

Musk took to Twitter after his NVIDIA appearance to make it clear that he's in full support of Tesla owners always being able to drive their cars.