Tesla bans use of driverless cars for ride-sharing purposes except on its own network

Just recently, Tesla announced that the Model X and Model S would be equipped with fully autonomous driving technology.

However, hidden in the fine print, Tesla asks that its customers restrict their ride-sharing activities to non-revenue generating only. This means that ride-sharing with friends and family is permitted, while earning money for ride-sharing/ride-hailing on the platforms of Uber, Lyft, etc., is not.

Tesla users need not fear, however. The company has permitted customers to earn revenue for ride-sharing on its own platform, which has yet to be announced.

The company has stated in the past that it intends to develop its ride sharing network, the details of which will likely not be released until the new year.

On the company website, Tesla writes:

“Please note that Self-Driving functionality is dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary widely by jurisdiction. It is not possible to know exactly when each element of the functionality described above will be available, as this is highly dependent on local regulatory approval. Please note that using a self-driving Tesla for car-sharing and ride hailing for friends and family is fine, but doing so for revenue purposes will only be permissible on the Tesla Network, details of which will be released next year.” 

Elon Musk details the launch of a ride-sharing network in a post on the company website entitled “Master Plan Part Deux.” We know that the platform will be called the Tesla Network, though no other information has been revealed.

Related: Tesla announces all cars in production now have “full self-driving capabilities”