Tesla Has Replaced Elon Musk as Board Chair With an Australian Telecom CFO

Telstra (not to be confused with Tesla) CFO Robyn Denholm has been named to the position. November 8, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget As part of his settlement with the SEC over tweets about taking Tesla private, Elon Musk agreed to step down from his post as chairman of the board of directors. Now, while he’s still CEO and retains his seat on the board, Tesla has announced his replacement: Robyn Denholm. Already a Tesla board member, she is currently CFO and head of strategy for the Australian telecom Telstra, but will leave that post once her six-month notice period is up to serve as board chair of Tesla full-time. In a statement, Denholm said “I believe in this company, I believe in its mission and I look forward to helping Elon and the Tesla team achieve sustainable profitability and drive long-term shareholder value.” She’s previously held […]

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Elon Musk Said He Will Pay for Home Water Filters in Flint

The SpaceX and Tesla CEO will address ‘outliers’ that stll don’t meet FDA standards. July 12, 2018 3 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Four years ago, the Flint water crisis began when officials switched its source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Its more corrosive water caused dangerous levels of lead from old pipes to leach into the city’s drinking water, poisoning residents. Now, after fighting with officials just to get the problem recognized in 2015, many residents still don’t trust the city’s tap water. Into the fray steps Elon Musk, fresh off of his submarine-building exploits, responding to a tweet with this promise “Please consider this a commitment that I will fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water contamination above FDA levels. No kidding.” Please consider this a commitment that I will fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water […]

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Tesla Says Autopilot Was Engaged in Fatal Model X Crash

The driver’s brother told a reporter Autopilot had swerved the SUV toward that barrier before. April 2, 2018 4 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget After a fiery crash in Mountain View, Calif., last week killed the driver of a Tesla Model X, the company provided an update on the incident with a blog post. It did not name the driver, identified by ABC 7 News as Apple engineer and former EA programmer Walter Huang, while confirming that its Autopilot feature was engaged at the time of the crash. Tesla: “In the moments before the collision, which occurred at 9:27 a.m. on Friday, March 23, Autopilot was engaged with the adaptive cruise control follow-distance set to minimum. The driver had received several visual and one audible hands-on warning earlier in the drive and the driver’s hands were not detected on the wheel for six seconds prior to the […]

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Arizona Governor Suspends Uber’s Self-Driving Car Tests

The company put a freeze on testing nationwide after last week’s fatal crash. March 27, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget As the investigation into last week’s fatal crash where an autonomous Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz., the state’s governor has suspended Uber’s permission to test its cars there. While the company had already halted testing nationwide after the test, this is a turnaround after Gov. Doug Ducey (R) had welcomed self-driving testing from many companies with open arms in a relationship that stretches back a few years. Just a few weeks ago Ducey updated his autonomous vehicle executive order to allow testing without a safety driver. In this crash, there was a test driver behind the wheel, but neither they nor the car reacted in time to avoid a woman who crossed in front of the car. In a letter to Uber, the Wall Street Journal reports Ducey […]

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company to Prioritize Pedestrians Over Cars

A new concept video focuses on shuttles for people and bikes. March 12, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget While we ponder the state of hyperloop tunnel transportation, Elon Musk just updated the plan for The Boring Company. The tech exec tweeted out a new concept video that focuses on a shuttle instead of cars. The shuttle (seen briefly in the first Boring Company video) is intended to carry people and bikes, and Musk said that Boring Company’s loop network would have “1000’s of small stations the size of a single parking space.” Adjusting The Boring Company plan: all tunnels & Hyperloop will prioritize pedestrians & cyclists over cars — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 9, 2018 Boring Co urban loop system would have 1000’s of small stations the size of a single parking space that take you very close to your destination & blend seamlessly into the fabric […]

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