Tag: Tesla

What That Houston Tesla Couldn’t Possibly Do

 

Last month, a Tesla was involved in a fatal single-car collision near Houston in which both the owner of the vehicle and one passenger died. The incident has raised some controversy because of preliminary reports suggesting that there was no one in the driver’s seat at the time of the collision and that the car was traveling at high speed. The car’s battery was damaged in the crash, resulting in a fire that burned for several hours and destroyed both the car and its event data recorder (black box).

It now seems likely that the car was not in self-driving mode, that there was a driver behind the wheel, and that the accident was not a case of a self-driving Tesla accelerating wildly and running off the road. (Glenn Reynolds links a Car and Driver story on the incident.)

Ahead One-Half Impulse

 

Happy Birthday to Captain Kirk, the original and the best captain of the Enterprise. I thought of Star Trek today as I watched this video, linked on Instapundit, of Tesla’s “FSD 8.2 Beta” self-driving software.

I’m not familiar with self-driving technology, so I don’t know how to fairly evaluate the vehicle’s performance. Were it piloted by a human driver, I’d encourage license revocation. But the car is driving itself, and I’m impressed by the situational awareness the vehicle demonstrates.

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You may have heard of Monday’s $2 billion suit filed by Nikola Corporation against Tesla, Inc. regarding Tesla’s new semi. What is Serbo-Croatian for “chutzpah”? AFAIK, Nikola chose its name to capitalize on Tesla’s goodwill. Now, Nikola files a clearly frivolous lawsuit over design patents. Preview Open

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Some years ago, I posted here about The End of the Electric Car. February 2012, actually. So I might have jumped the gun a bit, but the fundamentals remain. I wrote: A123 is toast. Fisker is toast. Tesla is done for. All these hyped battery and superduperhypercapacitor companies are running aground, on the hard ground of […]

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Tesla (Panasonic) Gigafactory construction has been underway and is producing battery products, but now there’s a snag in Nevada’s crony capitalism deal with Tesla. Monday, construction workers (union and non-union) went on strike because Tesla is using out of state labor. Preview Open

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Cronyist Deregulation

 

As conservatives and free-marketeers, we’re familiar with the way large businesses and entrenched interests weaponize political power by passing new regulations. Given enough time, skill, and sleaze, they can use government to keep all would-be competitors at bay and achieve de facto monopolies. But there’s another model of regulatory abuse that often gets less attention and is actually more insidious: Getting tailor-made, exclusive exemptions from general laws for oneself while leaving everyone else stuck with the old system.

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“You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!” James Pethokoukis wrote another in a series of articles pointing to the disturbing downward trend in new business start-ups.  Preview Open

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Does a Tesla Electric Car Qualify as a Disruptive Innovation?

 

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Here is a brief description of disruptive innovation theory, via the Clayton Christensen Institute:

The theory explains the phenomenon by which an innovation transforms an existing market or sector by introducing simplicity, convenience, accessibility, and affordability where complication and high cost are the status quo. Initially, a disruptive innovation is formed in a niche market that may appear unattractive or inconsequential to industry incumbents, but eventually the new product or idea completely redefines the industry.