Elon Musk

In addition to announcing an “autopilot” feature coming to his Tesla Model S vehicles this summer, via a software update, brand CEO Elon Musk has offered his ambitious vision for the future… where it will be illegal for humans to drive at all.

During NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference last week, the entrepreneur said human drivers are just “too dangerous,” referring to the cars they drive as “two-ton death machines.”

“In the distant future,” Musk said, “They may outlaw driven cars because they’re too dangerous.”

He adds that “we’ll take autonomous cars for granted in a short period of time. It’s going to be the default thing and it’s going to save a lot of lives.”

As for the timeline of his prediction, Musk believes this future will take less than 20 years. In his future, autonomous cars become the norm of transportation, taking place of conventional cars for self-drivers.

He goes on to say that he considers autonomous vehicles to be a “solved problem”, but the larger issue is making the software and hardware reliable enough for safety standards that regulators will expect. However, Musk says regulators won’t likely come on board until at least two to three years after self-driving cars become safer than human-driven ones.

A world without humans at the wheel? What do you think?