Is that shiny new Tesla really yours or do you share it with the company? The answer is, it depends. Tesla often uses customer data without getting permission from the owner. Whose data is it, anyway?
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Chris Lattner worked at Apple for 11 years before moving to head the Autopilot program at Tesla. Will he be the father of the car as appliance school of thought? It certainly seems that way.
Tesla announced on January 3 that it produced 24,882 cars in the fourth quarter and delivered about 22,000. A running change to a new Autopilot hardware package shut down production for about 10 days early in the quarter.
MobilEye, the Israeli company that makes the camera used in the Tesla Autopilot system, said Friday that it warned Tesla not to let drivers operate the system without a hand on the steering wheel. In return, Tesla says MobilEye was too timid for its tastes.
Polaris, maker of Indian and Victory motorcycles, is now offering a touchscreen navigation system that operates much like an i-Phone. BMW and Harley Davidson also offer such electronic systems.
If a Tesla Model X can drive its owner with a medical emergency to a hospital on Autopilot, did it save his life? One Tesla Model X owner certainly thinks so.
The head of the fourth largest trucking company in the world envisions self-driving trucks being on the road in just 5 to 10 years.
People love it when Elon Musk speaks during quarterly earnings calls because he simply cannot resist letting information slip that is really supposed to be confidential. The analysts ask targeted questions. Musk tries to avoid giving an answer, then blunders ahead and spills the beans anyway. It’s fun to watch.
Some of the engineers working on Tesla’s Autopilot system worry that the software is not fully developed yet. But their objections are often overruled by Tesla executives, including Elon Musk.
Tesla has told staff members of a Senate committee that it is still not sure what caused the fatal crash that killed Joshua Brown on May 7. Data shows the car’s breaks were never activated.
The driver of Model X that crashed in Montana a few weeks ago has taken to the Tesla Motors Club forum to condemn Tesla and Elon Musk for making Tesla drivers “lab rats” for its Autopilot system.
Mark Rosekind, head of NHTSA, told a conference in San Francisco this week his agency is willing to accept imperfect autonomous driving systems in order to get better systems in the future. The life saving potential of such systems is too great to ignore.
Elon Must tweeted up a storm yesterday about coming improvements to the Tesla Autopilot system. The company has been under pressure to make the system better ever since the first fatality while using Autopilot occurred in May.
The Senate Commerce Committee has decided to wade into the Tesla Autopilot controversy. No doubt because there are no other pressing issues pending before that distinguished body.
Consumer Reports called on Tesla Motors today to disable the autosteer component of its Autopilot system. It also suggests a change of name, calling Autopilot “misleading and potentially dangerous.”
Elon Musk says he will reveal his Secret Master Plan Part 2 this week. What will it be? When we know, you’ll know.