But no, it's still not a robotaxi.
Tesla has made some enormous promises in regards to deploying its vehicles for ride-sharing. In fact, company CEO Elon Musk has promised to put one million self-driving robotaxis on the road by the end of 2020. It is currently June and there are precisely zero Tesla robotaxis on the road with Musk claiming that "regulatory approval is the big unknown."
Your Tesla may not yet be capable of getting a second job as a cab driver to earn extra income but the company has just introduced a new feature that will at least make it simpler to share its vehicles with people you know. The feature is called 'Car Access' and it should come in handy for any multi-driver household that owns a Tesla.
According to the Tesla website, "Car Access allows you to add and remove access permission for an additional driver. You can add and remove additional drivers at any time from your Tesla Account." Any driver added to the account will gain all of the features found in the Tesla app, like locking and unlocking the car, with the exception of calling for roadside assistance or purchasing upgrades.
Owners can add up to five additional drivers to their account and new drivers who do not currently have a Tesla account will be prompted to create one via an email. This feature should come in handy for an owner who wants to allow members of their household and visiting friends or family to drive their car.
It should also come in handy for owners who rent their vehicles on services like Turo. In the past, people who rented a vehicle like a Tesla Model 3 would have to use the backup keycard to enter and drive the car. Renters will now be able to enjoy the authentic Tesla experience by opening the car with just their cellphones. Once the rental period is over, owners will be able to delete the rental driver from their account.