“Anyone relying on LIDAR is doomed,” Elon Musk says

Today at Tesla’s first Autonomy Day event, Elon Musk took questions from the press but didn’t have time for questions about Lidar. Historically, he’s been vocal about the technology, and this time he put it as clear as he could. “LIDAR is a fool’s errand,” Elon Musk said. “Anyone relying on LIDAR is doomed. Doomed! … Continue reading “Anyone relying on LIDAR is doomed,” Elon Musk says

Tesla vaunts creation of ‘the best chip in the world’ for self-driving

At its “Autonomy Day” today, Tesla detailed the new custom chip that will be running the self-driving software in its vehicles. Elon Musk rather peremptorily called it “the best chip in the world…objectively.” That might be a stretch, but it certainly should get the job done. Called for now the “full self-driving computer,” or FSD … Continue reading Tesla vaunts creation of ‘the best chip in the world’ for self-driving

The risk of thinking of your job as a higher calling

In a memo announcing that Tesla will lay off 3,000 workers, or 7% of its employees, CEO Elon Musk outlined his reasoning, explaining the mounting financial pressures the company faces in its quest to build an affordable electric car. The memo also included a noteworthy emotional appeal. Musk essentially asked employees— those who have already … Continue reading The risk of thinking of your job as a higher calling

Elon Musk confirms his bid to take Tesla private, backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund

Yesterday I speculated that Elon Musk’s hints that he wanted to take Tesla private with Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund backing it might not be as far-fetched as people think. Today Musk has published a statement claiming that he has been talking to the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund (known in the country as the … Continue reading Elon Musk confirms his bid to take Tesla private, backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund

Tesla’s Elon Musk May Have Boldest Pay Plan in Corporate History

For the last several years, there has been speculation about Elon Musk’s future at Tesla, and whether he would step down as chief executive in the next year or two. Mr. Musk stoked that speculation as far back as five years ago when he said he wanted to stay through the introduction of the Model … Continue reading Tesla’s Elon Musk May Have Boldest Pay Plan in Corporate History