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 →
Elon Musk’s bold SpaceX reusable rocket program may have a more audacious goal in mind than just making space travel more affordable for missions around Earth. An investor with deeper knowledge of the matter revealed that SpaceX is all about going to Mars. More →
Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter on Friday to backtrack on a few anti-Apple statements he made earlier in the week to a German business magazine. Musk, if you recall, said that Apple only hires the engineers that Tesla fires. “If you don’t make it at Tesla,” Musk flatly stated, “you go work at Apple. I’m not kidding.”
Driving the point home, Musk said that he and others at Tesla jokingly refer to Apple as the Tesla Graveyard.
Shots fired? Or was Musk, perhaps, just blindly firing from the hip and making a few outlandish statements? Regardless, the outspoken CEO attempted to diminish the sting of his aforementioned comments by tweeting that he does not, in fact, hate Apple and that he’s actually glad that they’re entering the electric vehicle market.
Say what you will about Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the man is not one to pull any punches. During a recent interview with the German business newspaper Handelsblatt, Musk addressed the ongoing hiring battle the company is seemingly engaged in with Apple. Amidst reports pointing to Apple releasing its own electric car, you might recall that Apple over the past few months has poached a number of Tesla engineers. What’s more, you might remember a report claiming that Apple was luring over Tesla engineers with signing bonuses in the $250,000 range along with a 60% bump up in salary.
While this might be par for the course in Silicon Valley, it’s not really a problem that Tesla has historically had to deal with in any serious way. If anything, Tesla is typically the company luring over talented engineers and executives, not the other way around.
All that said, is the outspoken Tesla CEO worried about a brain drain?
Not in the slightest.
Elon Musk, the mad genius behind both Tesla and SpaceX, wants to see humanity colonize Mars. The problem, of course, is that Mars is not exactly hospitable to human life and will need to undergo some kind of terraforming procedure before we can settle there. In an interview with Stephen Colbert this week, Musk revealed that he has an insane plan to make Mars habitable that involves nuclear weapons. More →
With the loss of Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, Comedy Central is certainly going through a late night transformation. And while Stewart is, believe it or not, now wrestling in the WWE, Colbert will be taking over David Letterman’s old Late Show spot on CBS come September.
Given the cult like following Colbert has amassed in the last few years, it’s going to be extremely interesting to see how he fares against the likes of Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon. With the show’s first episode set to air on September 8, CBS today released the full slate of guests set to appear on the show during its first week in production.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is the furthest thing from a Luddite technophobe we can imagine, but he has nonetheless raised some very legitimate worries about the dangers of artificial intelligence. The Washington Post this week pointed out another fascinating tidbit from Ashlee Vance’s upcoming book on Musk’s life and career in which it’s revealed that Musk is particularly worried about what the company run by his friend Larry Page is working on. More →
As we’ve observed in the past, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is something of a classic mad genius. Because of this, you can imagine that having him interview you for a job at one of his companies might be a little intimidating just based on his reputation alone. And now we know that Musk’s own behavior during prospective employees’ job interviews doesn’t help matters either, thanks to Ashlee Vance’s new book on Musk’s life and career. More →
Elon Musk meets with Google CEO Larry Page in a secret apartment to talk about crazy futuristic ideas
Fascinating excerpts from an upcoming book about Tesla CEO Elon Musk are slowly but surely starting to trickle in. Earlier in the week we highlighted a few choice quotes allegedly delivered by Musk, including one instance where, it is claimed, he tore into an employee for missing a company event so that he could witness the birth of his child. Notably, Musk has since come out and denied that any such exchange took place.