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Tesla To Improve Voice Control Functionality On Model 3 17
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Reports, Tech, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 01 17th, 2018


Tesla intends to improve the voice command functionality of the entry-level Model 3 in an effort to make the sedan even more straightforward to use.
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Drivers Crash As Musk’s SpaceX Rocket Lights Up LA 27
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Elon Musk, Film, Offbeat News, video on 12 27th, 2017


On December 22, Elon Musk sparked fears of an alien invasion when SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched over Los Angeles, leaving with it a truly mesmerizing glow.

SpaceX’s launch came just after sunset during the peak hour rush in the bustling city. Thousands of locals were therefore driving at the time of the launch. Left dazzled, you can probably guess what happened next.

This dashcam footage shows a very curious driver expressing his intrigue at the rocket launch and as the light show reached its climax, traffic on the highway can be seen slowing. Before long, numerous drivers start slamming on their brakes as they approach slow-moving traffic. Then, to the left of the dashcam, a minivan can be seen slamming into the rear of a Toyota Corolla, spearing it into a large SUV.

Despite being so close to a serious car crash, the driver’s attention soon returns to the rocket.

Were you in LA at the time of SpaceX’s rocket launch? If you were, tell us about your experience below!

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Tesla Promises To Launch Electric Pickup After Model Y Crossover 27
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Reports, Tesla, Trucks on 12 27th, 2017


Tesla boss Elon Musk has confirmed his intention of launching the all-electric pickup truck after the Model Y.

The electric automaker is still struggling with ramping up production of the Model 3 but that hasn’t stopped Tesla from dreaming up what is next.

Like the Model 3 is essentially a smaller and cheaper version of the Model S, the upcoming Model Y crossover will be a smaller alternative to the Model X. It has the potential to be the firm’s best-selling model and will inevitably boost Tesla production to unexplored heights. Despite the challenges it will present, Musk is looking beyond it.

At the global premiere of the new Tesla Semi and Tesla Roadster last month, the car manufacturer shared a single sketch of its long-awaited pickup. Curiously, the vehicle depicted was based on the Tesla Semi and actually large enough to fit a full-size pickup in its cargo area.

Jalopnik asserts that such a huge Tesla pickup is unlikely to become a reality and that the production-spec one will be similar in size to the Ford F-150.

Taking to Twitter, Musk said he has been thinking about the pickup for almost five years and is “dying to build it.”

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He Wasn’t Kidding, Musk Shows Tesla Roadster Destined For Space 22
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Elon Musk, Tesla, Tesla Roadster on 12 22nd, 2017


Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is a bit eccentric and has been known to exaggerate in the past.

That’s why there was a lot of skepticism earlier this month when Musk tweeted the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket would be launched in January with his own Tesla Roadster acting as the payload. At the time, Musk said the car was heading for Mars orbit and would remain in “deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent.”

A number of people assumed he was simply joking but that’s changing today as Musk has taken to Instagram to post photos of his Roadster being loaded into the rocket’s payload compartment. In the post, Musk said “Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks.” He added this is boring and “anything boring is terrible, especially companies.” The outspoken executive then reiterated his plans to send the Roadster into space.

While it’s certainly an usual move, his Roadster probably won’t be missed as Tesla is working on an all-new model that promises “record-setting acceleration, range and performance.” If everything goes according to plan, the car will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, hit a top speed in excess of 250 mph (402 km/h), and have a range of 620 miles (997 km).

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He Wasn’t Kidding, Musk Shows Tesla Roadster Destined For Space 22
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Elon Musk, Tesla, Tesla Roadster on 12 22nd, 2017


Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is a bit eccentric and has been known to exaggerate in the past.

That’s why there was a lot of skepticism earlier this month when Musk tweeted the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket would be launched in January with his own Tesla Roadster acting as the payload. At the time, Musk said the car was heading for Mars orbit and would remain in “deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent.”

A number of people assumed he was simply joking but that’s changing today as Musk has taken to Instagram to post photos of his Roadster being loaded into the rocket’s payload compartment. In the post, Musk said “Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks.” He added this is boring and “anything boring is terrible, especially companies.” The outspoken executive then reiterated his plans to send the Roadster into space.

While it’s certainly an usual move, his Roadster probably won’t be missed as Tesla is working on an all-new model that promises “record-setting acceleration, range and performance.” If everything goes according to plan, the car will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, hit a top speed in excess of 250 mph (402 km/h), and have a range of 620 miles (997 km).

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Clarkson Says Elon Musk Is “Petulant” And “Doesn’t Like Losing” 21
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Elon Musk, Reports, Tesla Roadster, Top Gear, video on 12 21st, 2017


Jeremy Clarkson recently admitted that he was impressed by the Tesla Model X during a recent test drive for The Grand Tour. However, it doesn’t appear as though the outspoken journalist is a big fan of the Model X’s creator, Elon Musk.

Top Gear was famously sued by Elon Musk in 2008 for libel after a review of the Tesla Roadster showed the electric sports car running out of power and suffering brake failure. Musk lost the lawsuit but has been a critic of Clarkson ever since.

Recently speaking with The Daily Beast after the premiere of the first episode of The Grand Tour’s second season, Clarkson said Musk has “sour grapes” about the whole ordeal.

“He sued me and lost, he appealed and lost. You go online and you read that we ‘made it up,’ that we ‘faked it’…We didn’t.

“You see, if anybody is going to get sued, I mean you can’t say that sort of thing. I could say all sorts of things about Musk but I won’t. Musk doesn’t like losing. Unfortunately, he did twice…He’s just got sour grapes.

“I actually reviewed the new Tesla in the new show and in many ways, it’s tremendous. I’ve got no axe to grind. He’s the only one who ever behaved in such a petulant way—most industry bosses are a lot more grown up,” Clarkson said.

Few will deny that at the time of its launch, the original Tesla Roadster had numerous shortcomings, perhaps none more significant than its poor handling compared to the Lotus it was based on. However, in the decade since, the electric carmaker has defied the skeptics and continued to produce electric vehicles, including the affordable Model 3.

With that being said, things aren’t entirely rosy and the company does have some way to go before being a proper rival to the established players in the auto industry.

The following video is from a BBC interview of Elon Musk from 2013

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Virgin Hyperloop One Reaches Record 240 MPH During Testing 20
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Elon Musk, Film, Reports, Tech, video on 12 20th, 2017


While many pundits continue to question the idea of the Hyperloop, the Virgin-sponsored company looking to make Elon Musk’s dream a reality has reached a new milestone.

During recent testing, Virgin Hyperloop One was able to propel its pod to a top speed of 240 mph (386 km/h), an improvement on its previous best of 192 mph from August.

Virgin Hyperloop One has a 1,600-foot-long DevLoop track in the Nevada desert where it continues to test. The company claims that it has created a nearly airless environment for the 28-foot-long pod, mimicking the air pressure found at 200,000 feet above sea level. Magnetic levitation ensured the pod hovered above the track during the test.

Elsewhere within Virgin Hyperloop One, the firm has received a cash injection of $50 million and plans to name Richard Branson as chairman. Axios also reports that the Hyperloop startup, founded in 2014, was in desperate need of cash and recently threatened the employment of roughly 300 people.

Other companies building their own Hyperloop systems include Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and Elon Musk’s own The Boring Company.

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Oopsy: Elon Musk Tweeted His Personal Phone Number To 16 Million Followers 20
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Elon Musk, Offbeat News, Reports, Tesla on 12 20th, 2017


Elon Musk accidentally revealed his personal mobile number to his 16.7 million followers on Twitter when he tried to get in touch with Oculus CTO John Carmack.

Instead of sending a private message, Musk tweeted directly at Carmack in front of his followers. “Do you have a sec to talk? My cell is…” the tweet read before it was deleted.

The accidental tweet also led to speculations about Musk trying to recruit Carmack or looking for a cooperation between Oculus with any of his businesses, which include Tesla, SpaceX and the OpenAI.

Oculus is a virtual-reality company owned by Facebook, with a spokeswoman saying that Carmack isn’t planning to leave the company anytime soon, reports Bloomberg.

As for the mobile number, CNBC called it to see if they could get Musk on the phone, only to be greeted by a message recorded by God of War creator David Jaffe. The recording is actually one of the two easter eggs hidden in the popular video game and said “By the Gods you’ve done it. Somehow you’ve found your way here to me. I offer you my congratulations and my respect.”

Is this the most Elon-Musk thing to do after revealing your personal phone number to millions of people? Probably yes.



Oopsy: Elon Musk Tweeted His Personal Phone Number To 16 Million Followers 20
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Elon Musk, Offbeat News, Reports, Tesla on 12 20th, 2017


Elon Musk accidentally revealed his personal mobile number to his 16.7 million followers on Twitter when he tried to get in touch with Oculus CTO John Carmack.

Instead of sending a private message, Musk tweeted directly at Carmack in front of his followers. “Do you have a sec to talk? My cell is…” the tweet read before it was deleted.

The accidental tweet also led to speculations about Musk trying to recruit Carmack or looking for a cooperation between Oculus with any of his businesses, which include Tesla, SpaceX and the OpenAI.

Oculus is a virtual-reality company owned by Facebook, with a spokeswoman saying that Carmack isn’t planning to leave the company anytime soon, reports Bloomberg.

As for the mobile number, CNBC called it to see if they could get Musk on the phone, only to be greeted by a message recorded by God of War creator David Jaffe. The recording is actually one of the two easter eggs hidden in the popular video game and said “By the Gods you’ve done it. Somehow you’ve found your way here to me. I offer you my congratulations and my respect.”

Is this the most Elon-Musk thing to do after revealing your personal phone number to millions of people? Probably yes.



Tesla Creating Its Own AI Chip For Autonomous Vehicles 13
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Elon Musk, Reports, Tech, Tesla on 12 13th, 2017


Elon Musk has revealed that Tesla is working on its very own hardware chips that’ll support the AI software of its self-driving vehicles.

Musk made the revelation on the sidelines of the world’s largest AI conference, claiming that the carmaker will be able to achieve full autonomy far faster if it uses dedicated AI hardware designed in-house.

“We are developing customized AI hardware chips. We get there faster if we have dedicated AI hardware,” Musk said to Wired.

During a speech to roughly 200 attendees, the entrepreneur spoke alongside Tesla’s director of AI, Andrej Karparthy, and vice president in charge of Autopilot hardware, Jim Keller. During his speech, Musk said Tesla cares greatly about the future of AI. He also said that despite previously sounding the alarm bell about the dangers of AI, “I also think there are things where AI can really be useful, well before you get to godlike uber intelligence.”

While most carmakers developing autonomous driving systems are using experienced chip makers to build their necessary hardware, Jim Keller said there is nothing on the market that suits Tesla’s current mixture of sensors.

“You can get something a lot better if you really design what you want,” he said.

According to Musk, Tesla’s upcoming AI chip will match the performance of existing alternatives but consume a tenth of the power and cost a tenth of the price.

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Tesla May Have Already Secured Over 1,200 Semi Reservations 12
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Semi, Trucks on 12 12th, 2017


If early indications are anything to go by, it appears as though Elon Musk’s gamble on tackling the trucking industry could be paying off.

Last month, the outspoken entrepreneur unveiled the all-electric Tesla Semi with a 500-mile range and the promise of revolutionizing the way trucks move. According to Green Car Reports, Tesla may have already secured 1,230 reservations for the truck.

An image posted on Instagram by an outdoor living and construction firm shows the webpage those who place a Semi reservation are directed to. On this webpage, it includes the reservation number, reading EO000001230.

No one outside Tesla knows if the reservation numbers are sequential but it is very possible that they are. It is also possible that multiple trucks can be reserved with a single reservation number, Green Car Reports indicates.

In recent days, a number of companies have publicized the pre-orders they have placed for the Tesla Semi, including Anheuser-Busch, Sysco, and Wal-Mart.

Reserving an entry-level Tesla Semi requires a $20,000 deposit. If the automaker has indeed secured at least 1230 reservations for this amount, that would total $24.6 million. However, that figure is probably much higher as some Semi orders would be for the Founders Series model that requires a $200,000 reservation.

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These Are The Tunnels Elon Musk Wants To Build In The U.S. 11
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Elon Musk, Reports, Tech on 12 11th, 2017


Elon Musk’s The Boring Company has just published a map showing the routes it intends to construct below Los Angeles.

As The Verge notes, the single longest piece of tunnel will stretch some 40-miles from Sherman Oaks to Long Beach Airport. In between, the tunnels will have stops at LAX, LA Stadium, South LA, the Staples Center, Inglewood, West LA, Santa Monica, and other areas. To say the plan is ambitious would be an understatement.

While The Boring Company still needs government approval to build the tunnels, it has singled out a 6.5-mile stretch between Inglewood and West LA which it dubs a ‘proof-of-concept’ tunnel. Here, it intends on rigorously testing all of the systems proposed by Elon Musk.

As announced earlier this year, The Boring Company’s network of tunnels will feature elevators that take cars off the street and whisk them underground. There, the cars are placed onto sleds and travel through the tunnels at roughly 150 mph. Numerous bus-like pods would also carry passengers through the tunnel network.

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Elon Musk Wants To Build Airport Link In Chicago 4
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Elon Musk, Reports, Tech, video on 12 4th, 2017


Elon Musk has somehow found the time to make a bid to build an airport link between Chicago O’Hare Airport and downtown with The Boring Company.

Late last week, the city of Chicago called for interested parties to submit plans for a high-speed train service from the airport and while The Boring Company has no interest in trains, Musk has thrown his hat into the mix anyway.

Taking to Twitter, the entrepreneur said The Boring Company will compete to fund, build, and operate a high-speed Loop from Chicago O’Hare. This ‘Loop’ wouldn’t be a version of Musk’s Hyperloop and instead a development of its rail-car network of tunnels previewed earlier this year.

The Chicago Sun Times reports that Musk’s solution to Chicago’s problems would be an underground public transportation system where 8-12 passengers travel between destinations on autonomous electric skates at speeds of up to 150 mph.

Earlier in the year, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Musk was very interested in creating a solution for the city.

“The opportunity for Chicago is endless and boundless It would be a tremendous investment, job creator and economic engine for the city that would pay dividends for decades ahead,” Emanuel said.

“They are very interested. And we’re gonna have `em now out to the city to explore further what we are doing and planning to see whether the tunnel approach is an alternative to the ones we’ve been discussing.”

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Elon Musk Wants To Build Airport Link In Chicago 4
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Elon Musk, Reports, Tech, video on 12 4th, 2017


Elon Musk has somehow found the time to make a bid to build an airport link between Chicago O’Hare Airport and downtown with The Boring Company.

Late last week, the city of Chicago called for interested parties to submit plans for a high-speed train service from the airport and while The Boring Company has no interest in trains, Musk has thrown his hat into the mix anyway.

Taking to Twitter, the entrepreneur said The Boring Company will compete to fund, build, and operate a high-speed Loop from Chicago O’Hare. This ‘Loop’ wouldn’t be a version of Musk’s Hyperloop and instead a development of its rail-car network of tunnels previewed earlier this year.

The Chicago Sun Times reports that Musk’s solution to Chicago’s problems would be an underground public transportation system where 8-12 passengers travel between destinations on autonomous electric skates at speeds of up to 150 mph.

Earlier in the year, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Musk was very interested in creating a solution for the city.

“The opportunity for Chicago is endless and boundless It would be a tremendous investment, job creator and economic engine for the city that would pay dividends for decades ahead,” Emanuel said.

“They are very interested. And we’re gonna have `em now out to the city to explore further what we are doing and planning to see whether the tunnel approach is an alternative to the ones we’ve been discussing.”

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Tesla Eating Through Almost Half A Million Dollars Per Hour Over The Last Year! 25
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Roadster, Tesla Semi on 11 25th, 2017

If the latest reports turn out to be accurate, Tesla is burning through around $480,000 every hour as Elon Musk continues to aggressively expand the company and its electric vehicle plans.

According to Bloomberg, the electric carmaker has been spending about $8,000 a minute in recent times and is on track to exhaust its cash pile by August 6, 2018.

While these figures are likely to be reduced when production of the Model 3 ramps up, it is clear that Musk is eager to raise funds for the company following the unveiling of the second-generation Roadster and the Tesla Semi.

Customers looking to purchase one of just 1,000 Roadster Founders Series models are being asked to cough up the full $250,000 asking price as a deposit despite the car not arriving until the turn of the decade. This alone could potentially generate $250 million for Tesla, which, at this rate, are enough for roughly 21 days of spending from the company.

Additionally, it costs $50,000 to place a reservation for the ‘entry-level’ Roadster and $5,000 to secure an order to the Semi. The Semi won’t arrive until 2019 and the Roadster in 2020, but given Tesla’s history of delays, these dates could be pushed back.

In a letter to shareholders on November 1, Tesla was adamant that it has enough money to produce 5,000 Model 3s each week by the end of March.

However, senior Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Kevin Tynan believes the company will need to raise at least $2 billion in capital by mid-2018 in order to achieve Musk’s ambitious targets.

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