Bold Musk claims self-driving feature will be completed by end of the year

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Tesla's self-driving car

Entepreneur and billionaire Elon Musk has thrown down the gauntlet, telling people that Tesla's full self-driving feature will be completed by the end of 2019. 

What's more, he told listeners of a podcast interview with one of Tesla's backers, ARK Invest, by the end of 2020 it will reach a level so reliable, drivers will be able to confidently sleep through any journey.

He said in the interview: "I am certain" that by the end of the year, they will be "feature complete". 

"[T]he car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up, take you all the way to your destination without an intervention this year." That is not to say they will be entirely self-driving as many interpret it. A 'feature complete' self-driving system still needs monitoring and attentiveness from the driver, so they can take over should anything go wrong.

However, once this has been introduced, said Musk, it will only take another year for the system to become completely self-driving.