You will also be able to add your car to the Tesla shared fleet just by tapping a button on the Tesla phone app and have it generate income for you while you're at work or on vacation, significantly offsetting and at times potentially exceeding the monthly loan or lease cost. This dramatically lowers the true cost of ownership to the point where almost anyone could own a Tesla.
I am ready to invest big in companies producing stain-resistant upholstery
Well, steps 3 and 4 explain why Tesla have been pushing the subpar Autopilot feature like crazy despite it not being an autopilot feature at all or even out of beta.
When have they fucked up?
Tesla Motors Inc., SolarCity Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, together have benefited from an estimated $4.9 billion in government support, [...]
The figure compiled by The Times comprises a variety of government incentives, including grants, tax breaks, factory construction, discounted loans and environmental credits that Tesla can sell. It also includes tax credits and rebates to buyers of solar panels and electric cars.
Imagine Manhattan with a new "street level" layer a couple meters above the existing street level, with sidewalks and gardens and storefronts. And let the cars continue where they are, don't let them come up.
“On February 14, our vehicle was driving autonomously and had pulled toward the right-hand curb to prepare for a right turn. It then detected sandbags near a storm drain blocking its path, so it needed to come to a stop. After waiting for some other vehicles to pass, our vehicle, still in autonomous mode, began angling back toward the center of the lane at around 2 mph -- and made contact with the side of a passing bus traveling at 15 mph. Our car had detected the approaching bus, but predicted that it would yield to us because we were ahead of it.
“Our test driver, who had been watching the bus in the mirror, also expected the bus to slow or stop. And we can imagine the bus driver assumed we were going to stay put. Unfortunately, all these assumptions led us to the same spot in the lane at the same time.”
It will never cease to amaze me that there are people out there who think that uber-capitalists like Musk will ever have a higher priority while running their businesses than lining their own pockets. (Okay, escaping death. I'll buy that one.)
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