Elon Musk is wrong on robotaxi timing, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told CNBC he agrees with Tesla CEO Elon Musk that the future of mobility is electric, but he disagrees with Musk that …

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told CNBC he agrees with Tesla CEO Elon Musk that the future of mobility is electric, but he disagrees with Musk that truly autonomous “robotaxis” will debut next year.

In an interview that aired on Uber’s IPO day on Friday, “Squawk Box” co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin asked him what the future of mobility looks like.

“First of all, it’s got to be electric,” the CEO said. “We think that’s a no-brainer. It’s good for the environment. It’s where the world is going. And we’re playing our part, for example, in London to move it electric.” He added that Uber, of course, thinks the future of mobility also has to be “shared.”

The ride-hailing giant will make its debut on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, pricing its IPO on Thursday night at $45 per share.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently told investors he is ready to take Tesla into a new, driverless era. The company should have a million vehicles capable of functioning as driverless robotaxis on the road by the end of 2020, he said. He also told investors that self-driving technology and services will help his electric car company grow to a $500 billion market cap.

When the Uber CEO first heard Musk’s predictions about this, Khosrowshahi said, “I thought: If he can do it, more power to him. Our approach is a more conservative approach as far as sensor technology and mapping technology. The software’s going to get there. So I don’t think that his vision is by any means wrong. I just think we disagree on timing.”

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Elon Musk posts ‘irresponsible’ tweet about couple who filmed themselves bonking in a self-driving …

TESLA boss Elon Musk has responded to a dangerous porn clip in which a couple risk their lives by having sex in one of his firm’s self-driving cars.

TESLA boss Elon Musk has responded to a dangerous porn clip in which a couple risk their lives by having sex in one of his firm’s self-driving cars.

The smutty video was posted to a major adult site last week and shows porn star Taylor Jackson, 19, and her boyfriend getting it on in the front seat of their Tesla as it steers itself at high speed down a US highway.

 Elon Musk has responded to a reckless couple who bumped uglies in a Tesla as it drove itself down a motorway

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Elon Musk has responded to a reckless couple who bumped uglies in a Tesla as it drove itself down a motorway

The stunt flagrantly ignored Tesla’s strict rules for its “Autopilot mode”, which allows its electric cars to steer and brake for you.

The firm urges drivers to keep both hands on the wheel at all times in case things go wrong – though CEO Musk, 47, seems to have his own ideas.

In response to Taylor’s filthy clip, the eccentric billionaire tweeted: “Turns out there’s more ways to use Autopilot than we imagined.”

He added: “Shoulda seen it coming …”

 The smutty video shows porn star Taylor Jackson, 19, and her boyfriend getting it on in the front seat of their Tesla as it steers itself at high speed down a motorway

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The smutty video shows porn star Taylor Jackson, 19, and her boyfriend getting it on in the front seat of their Tesla as it steers itself at high speed down a motorway
 Tesla boss Elon Musk is known for his carefree, and at times irresponsible, attitude to Twitter

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Tesla boss Elon Musk is known for his carefree, and at times irresponsible, attitude to Twitter

The raunchy video has garnered 2million views since it was uploaded to adult site PornHub last week.

In the clip, the Taylor and her boyfriend, who live in Los Angeles, California, get hot and heavy for ten minutes while their £75,000 Tesla Model X careens past people’s homes on autopilot mode.

Musk’s failure to condemn the rompers for their high-speed antics was branded “irresponsible” by some fans.

One tweeter wrote: “This is dangerous … All kidding aside, be clear about the dangers.”

Another reminded the billionaire, whose tweets have landed him in hot water in the past, of deaths caused by inattention while using Autopilot.

“There was a story where a driver using ‘auto pilot’ decided to look down to text,” they tweeted.

“Guess what happened next? Yup – she KILLED someone.”

Musk’s comments follow a tricky 12 months for the business mogul in which his Twitter antics have landed him with dozens of controversies and a $20million lawsuit from the SEC.

 Amateur porn star Taylor Jackson is based in Los Angeles, California

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Amateur porn star Taylor Jackson is based in Los Angeles, California
 Not all of Elon's followers were happy with his tweets

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Not all of Elon’s followers were happy with his tweets

The South African is currently facing a defamation case after he famously called a hero British diver who helped rescue children from a flooded cave in Thailand a “pedo guy” on Twitter.

Tesla has not yet released an official statement on Taylor’s raunchy video.

Taylor explained why she recorded the clip in an interview last week.

“Earlier this year I was on a road trip with my boyfriend and he asked me to have sex with him while driving,” she told The Register.

 The billionaire was urged to be more careful about how dangerous the stunt was

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The billionaire was urged to be more careful about how dangerous the stunt was

“We both thought it was hot and joked about doing it again and putting it on PornHub. We thought someone had to have done it before so we looked it up, but we couldn’t find a single video.

“A few weeks later I signed up for a PornHub account and this video was one of the first few videos I made.”

However, the amateur star warned the risky romp almost cost her and her boyfriend their lives.

“I have experienced Autopilot a lot so I did feel safe,” she said.

“Most of the highway we were on was straight. We did have one scare where I hit the steering wheel and knocked it out of Autopilot mode.

“I wouldn’t recommend it since it is dangerous.”

 The clip even made it to PornHub's official Instagram account

The clip even made it to PornHub’s official Instagram account
 The Tesla Model X can drive itself when switched to "autopilot" mode

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The Tesla Model X can drive itself when switched to “autopilot” mode

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In other Tesla news, Musk recently revealed he expects Tesla cars to go “fully driverless” by 2020.

Driverless cars are being retrained to be more like humans after becoming ‘overly cautious’.

A terrifying video released last month showed a Model S erupting in a huge ball of fire in an underground car park in China.

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Elon Musk mocks Jeff Bezos’ Blue Moon lander in cheeky tweet

Elon Musk took a shot at fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos’ space colony dreams late Thursday with an altered photo. The SpaceX founder tweeted a …
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SpaceX boss Elon Musk had a mocking reaction to Jeff Bezos’ Blue Moon lander.

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Elon Musk took a shot at fellow billionaire Jeff Bezosspace colony dreams late Thursday with an altered photo.

The SpaceX founder tweeted a screen grab of a New York Times article about the Blue Moon lunar lander with the word “Moon” crudely wiped off the photo and replaced with “Balls.”

Oh stop teasing, Jeff 😉 pic.twitter.com/wuWPENcSE1

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 10, 2019

“Oh stop teasing, Jeff,” Musk wrote, adding a winky emoji.

Amazon founder Bezos unveiled the lander and his dream of colonizing the moon at a Washington DC event on Thursday. Bezos may be the world’s richest person, but Musk’s company is further along in developing larger rockets for orbital space travel. Musk last year outlined his plans to colonize Mars.

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In April, Musk shared a rendering of SpaceX’s sleek Starship sitting on the moon’s surface, but the company hasn’t announced plans to bring people to our lunar neighbor — it’s aiming to send artists on a trip around the moon in 2023. Bezos wants to bring people to the surface by 2024.

On Thursday, Musk told a Twitter follower that we can expect the next Starship update around June 20.

Blue Origin didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

First published at 2:52 a.m. PT.

Updated at 3:32 a.m. PT: Adds more detail.

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‘Stop flirting, Elon’: Twitterati in splits with Musk’s friendly jab at Jeff Bezos, again!

Those following Elon Musk, CEO, Tesla, on Twitter must be familiar with his eccentric tweets and his penchant for memes and GIFs by now. And yet …

When will the two stop? Or not!

Those following Elon Musk, CEO, Tesla, on Twitter must be familiar with his eccentric tweets and his penchant for memes and GIFs by now. And yet, each time the Tesla CEO takes to the social media platform, unfailingly, he manages to leave us short of words.

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos

However, this time around, at the receiving end of Musk’s jibes was none other than Jeff Bezos, world’s richest entrepreneur and the CEO of Amazon. Just a day ago, Bezos had unveiled the first look of his lunar lander, called “Blue Moon”, during an event for select members of the media and space industry experts.

“This vehicle is going to the moon,” Bezos said at the time, unveiling his ambitious plans of manufacturing in the space in the near future. Now, these plans, unsurprisingly, stirred ripples in the media and even reached the ears of Musk, who, with his SpaceX, has long been a competitor of Bezos and his space company Blue Origin.    

And Musk, being himself, responded to the news with a bit of creativity.

Taking to Twitter, the serial tech entrepreneur shared what appears to be a photoshopped image of Bezos’ lunar lander, but with a catch. The name of the lunar lander read “Blue Balls” instead of “Blue Moon”.


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Oh stop teasing, Jeff 😉 pic.twitter.com/wuWPENcSE1

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 10, 2019

The tweet has since spurred a barrage of responses and reaction on social media, with most people poking fun at the banter.

“Stop flirting, Elon,” tweeted a user, as another chimed in, writing, “Looks like you haven’t hired that attorney to vet your tweets.”

Stop flirting, Elon

— Christina Murphy (@murphystina) May 10, 2019

Musk and his tweets are known to have stirred controversies in the past as well. Once he got into trouble with the US Securities and Exchange Commission over a post about Tesla’s private takeover. In fact, this is not the first time that Musk has taken a pot shot at Bezos either.

When Amazon announced plans to launch over 3,000 low Earth orbit satellites to serve “tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband internet”, Musk ensured to respond to the news.

He tagged Bezos and simply wrote “copy” followed by a cat emoji.

Speak of friendly jibes and creativity!


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Self-driving cross-country trip possible for everyone with a Tesla this year, says Musk

Today, CEO Elon Musk pushed that timeline forward a bit, and stated that Tesla’s long-planned autonomous cross-country roadtrip would actually …

Tesla has been making bold claims about future autonomous driving plans lately, most recently holding an “autonomy investor event” where the company laid out plans for its future full self-driving technology. At that event, Tesla stated that they would be ready to roll out a fully autonomous robotaxi fleet as early as next year, depending on regulations.

Today, CEO Elon Musk pushed that timeline forward a bit, and stated that Tesla’s long-planned autonomous cross-country roadtrip would actually occur later this year. Tesla has made claims in the past about enabling cross-country Autopilot travel, but the news today is that not only will it be possible for Tesla to do this on their own to demonstrate their technology, but that any Tesla owner (*with FSD software) will be able to do the same.

In previous mentions of the cross-country roadtrip, Musk has stated that Tesla could use specialized software to get the roadtrip done, but that it would be “cheating” to do so. Surely, picking the right roads, writing software specific to certain situations, would make the job much easier. But making a generalized solution for self-driving is much harder, as there will be many more unexpected situations and poorly-marked offramps in the real world.

So Tesla has pushed back plans for an LA-NY roadtrip until the software is ready without needing special code.

Until now, we’ve expected that this roadtrip would occur on a private, internal build of Tesla’s software, and that it would be used to help development, and for demonstration purposes, and that perhaps the software to enable it wouldn’t be fully available to the public until later. The last time we heard about it, it was going to happen on “alpha” software – which owners do not have access to.

But today Musk suggested that this software will be available to everyone by the end of this year:

We could have gamed an LA/NY Autopilot journey last year, but when we do it this year, everyone with Tesla Full Self-Driving will be able to do it too

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2019

Tesla and Musk are no stranger to short timelines, but this one seems shorter than most. In less than 8 months, not only will Tesla be able to do a demonstration drive across country, but the public will be able to do it as well.

A lot needs to be done before then. Autopilot still doesn’t stop for stop signs and red lights (though it does recognize them), only recently stopped requiring driver confirmation for lane changes, and still has trouble with some things like stationary vehicles. It also still requires that drivers keep their hands on the wheel. The FSD computer has only recently rolled out and tens of thousands of cars will need to be retrofit before “everyone” has this capability.

Some even still think that Tesla’s approach is unsustainable, with most of the rest of the industry thinking LIDAR is necessary to make full self-driving happen. But as we’ve recently reported, at least one AI expert agrees that Tesla has a huge lead in software. And a recent study by Cornell states that cameras should be enough for autonomous driving. Musk, for his part, thinks any company that relies on LIDAR as a crutch is “doomed…doomed!

Questions still remain over whether this drive will be a “zero-intervention” drive where the driver just never touches the wheel (but still, for example, puts the car in park, plugs the car in, etc.), or if it will be a “simulated headless” drive where the driver is only inside the car for regulatory purposes but the car otherwise acts as if nobody is in it. The latter was promised in 2016 when Musk stated that within two years (by 2018), owners would be able to use Tesla’s “summon” feature to have the car pick them up on the other side of the country, even recharging itself along the way.

Electrek’s Take

We’ve heard these promises many times before, and Tesla has missed many timelines before. Musk himself acknowledges that he’s sometimes optimistic with timelines, and this seems like another one which seems quite optimistic.

But about a year before Tesla’s original 2014 release of Autopilot, the Model S had zero driver-assist/active safety features at all, and Musk said that Tesla would be ahead of the industry in autonomous driving in a year. Nobody believed it at the time, but this statement eventually came true – and it was even on time. And Tesla has maintained their lead in driver-assist software since then.

So this could go either way. They might pull it off this time, but I’m not counting on it yet. I’d love to see it though, and if it happens, I guess a roadtrip will be in order.


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