Not all car manufacturers are doing well in the race toward EVs as a replacement for gas (or ICE) vehicles. Companies like GM have been admitting that either they have a way to go in their own research or that it may take time before the transition is profitable. Meanwhile, Tesla is absolutely killing it.
Most recently, Ford announced that it was partnering with Tesla to allow Ford EV owners to not only make use of Tesla’s Superchargers by use of an adapter (and Ford’s own software), but it will be switching over to Tesla’s connector in future models.
Now, Elon Musk (Tesla CEO) is responding to the likes of GM by saying that it is more than happy to license its Autopilot and FSD to other companies to help stimulate their efforts. Removing some of the obstacles they face, potentially reducing R&D, and allowing them to focus on other objectives. Meanwhile, it will clearly be a success for Tesla as well. Opening a whole new channel of profit for the company.
Tesla aspires to be as helpful as possible to other car companies.
We made all our patents freely available several years ago.
Now, we are enabling other companies to use our Supercharger network.
Also happy to license Autopilot/FSD or other Tesla technology.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 5, 2023
Obviously, it would be a lot more complex than agreeing to support Android Auto or CarPlay in a vehicle. But the offer could be heavily beneficial for all parties involved. Giving companies time to develop their own in-house software at a compatible pace (or just stick with Tesla’s, although I’m sure most will want to eventually bring it in-house).
It would help create the best of both worlds for those who appreciate Tesla’s FSD achievements but prefer buying into their favorite brand. Imagine a Toyota Avalon or a BMW 3 Series with Tesla’s FSD. It could happen if the company is serious enough to move forward with such licensing.
Clearly, Elon sees a lot of potential in licensing its technology. The deal with Ford is likely going to spark a popular trend in the near future as other companies do whatever they can to boost their position.