On Monday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke at a company investor day focused on autonomy, relaying news that Tesla had switched to a self-driving computer designed by in-house engineers and dropping some big promises about what, exactly, the future of its Autopilot feature and autonomous driving will look like. And boy, it’s a doozy. This being Musk, who is well-known for sensationalism and spectacle—and with the New York Times reporting that Tesla is expected to announce a first-quarter loss this Wednesday when it is already burning through billions, giving the event curious timing—there’s a lot to unpack. Advertisement Here’s some of the stuff that Musk said on Monday, ranked using our proprietary “How many Elons out of five Elons” system. The new Tesla micro-chip is “the best chip in the world... objectively” During the event, Musk showed off Tesla’s new “full self-driving computer” or FSD Computer, which … [Read more...] about Stuff Elon Musk Said About Tesla Autonomous Cars on Monday, Ranked
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Uber—the company that had to pull its self-driving cars off the road for most of 2018 following a lethal accident that allegedly came after warnings of routine accidents—is hiring for a program that may work on self-driving “micromobility” devices, TechCrunch reported on Sunday. Advertisement Details are, as TechCrunch noted, “scarce,” but there’s a lot of speculation that Uber is investigating autonomous versions of the scooters and bikes of the short-term rental type that have already taken over many major cities. The Telegraph reported that Uber has begun hiring for the Micromobility Robotics team, which it wrote had the goal of developing scooters and bikes that can drive to charging stations themselves, or possibly to go and pick up riders after the prior passenger disembarks. TechCrunch noted that a Google form uploaded by Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group was soliciting applicants: The New Mobilities team at Uber is exploring … [Read more...] about Uh Oh, Uber Might Be Thinking About Self-Driving Scooters and Bikes Now
Danielle drives a manual Honda Fit—a good car! But it’s getting worn out and is no longer ideal for hauling two kids around. She is feeling some pressure to get something “more responsible” but doesn’t want to give up the stick shift life. What car should she buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy ? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. ) Advertisement Here is the scenario: Is there a phenomenon when you are a completely competent and independent adult, until you have kids, and then your parents start treating you like a teenager again? Just me? Despite the fact that, when I was kid, my parents hauled me around in a 1965 Porsche 911 with no seatbelts (my dad belted me in with tie downs. Ah the ‘80s), an old Mercedes from the junkyard that my mom could only start by beating the carburetor with her clog, and a 1970s Rivera that may or may not have had a back seat (I can’t remember), my parents have been all … [Read more...] about I Need A Responsible Family Car With A Manual Transmission! What Should I Buy?
Brian’s wife loved her Audi Allroad but it met an untimely end. She is looking for a replacement wagon but wants something a bit more unique this time. She has a fairly healthy budget for an all-wheel drive hauler. What car should she buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy ? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. ) Advertisement Here is the scenario: My wife’s 2018 Audi A4 Allroad just had an untimely death at the hands of a late-’90s Jeep Wrangler and we’re looking for a replacement. We love love love loved our Allroad, but are thinking about moving to something different, because as my wife says “there are just too many Allroads in our area and I want something a little more unique.” Now that you’re done laughing about the number of Allroads by us, we live right in Auburn Hills, Michigan so I see E-trons and Allroads on a daily basis. Sooooooo.... here’s what we need. We’re looking for … [Read more...] about I Need A Family Friendly Car That’s Fast And Unique! What Car Should I Buy?
Anthony has five kiddos and is looking for a cheap car, that can fit all the kids in a pinch. He doesn’t mind fixing things up and prefers something that is a bit different. What car should he buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy ? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. ) Advertisement Here is the scenario - I’ve always been a bit of a sucker for half-broken but unique cars. My current car is a Saab 9-5 aero wagon with peeling paint and enough miles to begin worrying me. That replaced a BMW 5 series sports wagon with a 5 speed, that not only had a monthly payment but cost me twice it’s worth in repair costs. In any case, I love sporty wagons and hot hatchbacks, don’t mind a manual and I’m not afraid of classics and getting my hands dirty. But, my wife and I just welcomed twins into the family, bringing us to five with our first daughter. We went with the van for my wife’s primary vehicle but for me, I’d … [Read more...] about I’m A Sucker For Half-Broken And Unique Cars! What Should I Buy?