Elon Musk is changing the world one idea at a time. First, with Tesla, the man so many people call the real life Tony Stark has done an incredible job of bringing electric vehicles to the mainstream. Second, Musk has been doing an impressive job over at SpaceX in the realm of space travel. And third, Musk’s effective rough draft of a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop is being contemplated and conceptualized in a very real way by some extremely smart people.
Much like other larger-than-life CEOs from the tech world, Elon Musk isn’t one to shy away from holding a grudge.
Earlier this week, venture capitalist Stewart Alsop penned a post on Medium appropriately titled Banned By Tesla! The gist of the post is that Alsop ordered a Tesla Model X only to have his order directly cancelled by Musk himself.
Now you might naturally be wondering: What in the world might compel Musk to cancel any Model X order? A sale is a sale, after all, and Tesla needs as many as it can get.
Well, the backstory here is a bit interesting.
If you think Tesla’s plan for world domination begins with the Model S and ends with the Model 3, you’re sorely mistaken. While the Model 3 is of course the mass consumer vehicle Elon Musk is betting the company on, the Tesla CEO is certainly open to developing other types of vehicles in the future.
With a base price of $70,000, the Tesla Model S isn’t exactly a car that one can rightfully describe as affordable. Still, there are ways for folks interested in owning a Model S to pick one up on the cheap. There is, of course, the option to lease. Another, and perhaps lesser-known option is to purchase an “inventory car”, effectively the car equivalent of buying a refurbished iPhone.
As a quick primer, an inventory car from Tesla is one that has been used for test drives, loaned out to Model S owners when their car needs to be serviced, or has been displayed in showrooms. In effect, purchasing an inventory car is akin to buying a car that while not exactly new, doesn’t necessarily have any serious signs of wear and tear either.
Elon Musk sure is keeping busy this week. Following up on his remarks that Tesla in two years time might have a vehicle capable of driving itself from coast to coast, the outspoken CEO appeared on BBC where he spoke candidly on a number of topics.
One of the more interesting exchanges occurred when Musk was asked about Apple’s rumored foray into the car industry. Rather than viewing Apple as a competitive threat, Musk said that he gladly welcomes any all newcomers who want to help accelerate a shift towards electric vehicle adoption.
Elon Musk’s vision for the future is bold and ambitious, and much to his credit, the Tesla CEO doesn’t shy away from making brazen predictions that other CEOs would be too embarrassed to express publicly.
During a conference call with reporters on Sunday, and originally recapped by The Verge, Musk said flat-out that Tesla’s new Summon feature may soon enable its fleet of Model S and Model X vehicles to drive themselves all the way from New York to Los Angeles. As we reported over the weekend, Tesla’s latest software update includes Summon, a mode which lets users park and retrieve their cars even with no one inside it. Of course, as a new feature emblazoned with a Beta tag, the feature in its current form only works up to a distance of 39 feet.
SpaceX’s audacious vertical rocket landing on Monday lays a critical foundation for reusable rockets that could help humans colonize Mars, according to the company’s CEO Elon Musk.
“This is a critical step towards establishing a city on Mars,” he said, during a conference call with reporters after Monday’s launch. “Without [reusable rockets], it would be unaffordable – it dramatically improves my confidence that a city on Mars is possible, it’s what all this is about.”
After successfully sending its Falcon 9 rocket into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida on the satellite launch mission, the company landed a 15-story leftover booster rocket back on Earth. More →
In a new interview with Fortune, outspoken Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the electric automaker is just two years away from developing fully autonomous vehicles that can operate ably and safely in any type of environment. While Musk has long championed an automotive age filled with self-driving cars, this is the most optimistic timeline for their deployment we’ve seen Musk make yet. In fact, Musk in 2014 said that the requisite technology to manufacture a self driving car was still about five to six years away.
Though he softened up a bit later in life, Steve Jobs in his heyday was a notoriously demanding and mercurial man who wouldn’t accept anything less than perfection. In his quest to change the world, Jobs’ expectations were unwavering.
Not surprisingly, many have been quick to note the strong parallels between Jobs and Elon Musk, a modern-day visionary hell-bent on popularizing electric vehicles with Tesla and making commercial space travel a reality with SpaceX.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has a lot of ambitious dreams but he also seems to worry quite a bit about apocalyptic dangers — for example, he has talked at length about the potential threat that artificial intelligence poses to humanity’s existence. But it’s not only AI that keeps him up at night, as he seems concerned that humanity might ruin itself through war before any killer robots even have the chance. More →
It’s been less than a month since Tesla began rolling out its Autopilot feature to Model S cars, but there has already been some controversy surrounding the software update. Other than a few minor (but worrisome) hiccups, the software itself has been garnering positive attention, but drivers haven’t quite shown the restraint Tesla was hoping they would. More →
Tesla CEO Elon Musk hasn’t been shy about where he thinks the auto industry is headed. In the not too distant future, Musk envisions that every car on the road will be fully autonomous. In fact, during an interview with The Wall Street Journal last year, Musk said that requisite technology to manufacture a fully autonomous car is only about five to six years away.
“They will be a factor of 10 safer than a person [at the wheel] in a six-year time frame,” Musk told the WSJ.
Echoing this sentiment with some of his trademark brash, Musk during Tesla’s earnings conference call on Tuesday once again reaffirmed his belief that all cars will eventually be autonomous. Not only that, Musk boasted that Tesla is going to get there before everyone else.
With all of the hoopla and controversy surrounding Tesla, one thing that most everyone can (or should) agree on is that the Model S is one of the safest cars on the road. In fact, one could make a strong case that it’s one of the safest cars ever released in automotive history.
The number of safety accolades the Model S has garnered since its release is truly impressive. For instance, when the Model S received a 5-star safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2013, it received 5 stars in every tested category. As a result, it achieved a level of safety that only 1% of tested cars ever attain. Further, the Model S at the time set a new record for having the lowest likelihood of passenger injury during a collision, besting all makes and models of all vehicles sold in the United States. More →