Elon Musk hurting Tesla StockSubmitted by brad on Mon, 2022-12-12 16:49
(This story is available temporarily here while a bug on the Forbes site makes it invisible.)
Dave Chappelle called Elon Musk up on stage Sunday during the comedian’s show with Chris Rock at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The audience reacted with a mix of applause and booing for a remarkably long time.
Elon Musk Gets Booed On Stage In SF - How Much Is That Hurting Tesla Stock?Submitted by brad on Mon, 2022-12-12 14:08
Musk himself was surprised to see how controversial he had become when he got a lot of booing on stage with Dave Chappelle in San Francisco last night.
Musk has always been somebody who refused to give a crap what other people think, because he can afford it. But now that his personal brand is so tied to the success of both Tesla and Twitter, he has to deal with the fact that personal brand is largely what other people think.
Analysis of this problem, and how it affects the success and stock price of Tesla, is in this new article on the Forbes site:
Tesla adding Radar, Apple Scales Back, Tesla Semi, Baidu expansion & Swiss power emergencySubmitted by brad on Mon, 2022-12-12 11:46
Here's a digest of some of my recent postings on Forbes.com
Tesla may add radar back
A filing suggests Tesla may be putting a radar back in their cars, but this time a high resolution radar, which is a bit like the LIDAR they swore was a crutch. It would be a good idea.
A Taxonomy of Social Media to help in understanding what Twitter isSubmitted by brad on Thu, 2022-12-01 17:52
Does it make sense to have off-grid solar in parking lots to charge cars?Submitted by brad on Mon, 2022-11-28 13:15
Generally it doesn't make sense (and isn't that green) to have off-grid solar compared to grid-tied solar. However, a new company sells a self-contained solar EV charging station for parking lots which they claim is cheaper than on-grid, because you can just get it delivered in one day with no permits, planning, wiring or construction.
It's true that all those factors are now the biggest element of charging and solar installations.
What would a Starlink phone look like?Submitted by brad on Sat, 2022-11-26 12:33
A recent Tweet had Elon Musk declare that if Apple and Google removed Twitter from their app stores (something I doubt will happen) that he might make his own phone to compete with them. Generally it's been doom for those that have tried to enter the smartphone market and fight this duopoly.
How will EVs handle the Thanksgiving crunch?Submitted by brad on Tue, 2022-11-22 08:26
Thanksgiving is back baby. In 2019 a storm caused lines at some EV chargers. Will it repeat this year, and how do you handle the peak demand for long distance road travel?
Read some pre-holiday thoughts at How will EVs handle the Thanksgiving crunch?
What happens if self-driving cars don't arrive this decade?Submitted by brad on Wed, 2022-11-16 12:19
As a companion to yesterday's article about why the death of self-driving has been exaggerated here is an article asking what happens if the doomsayers are right, if people can't pull off a usable robcar and robotaxi for a decade more more.
There are lots of easier, more tractable opportunities out there, and I list a number of them.
Reports Of The Death Of Self-Driving Cars Are Greatly ExaggeratedSubmitted by brad on Tue, 2022-11-15 11:01
This past month, especially with the shutdown of Argo.AI, have seen a number of declarations of the death of robocars. Thank to markets and expected consolidation, there definitely is a rough patch, but here's the argument that the field is hardly pining for the fjords and some things are going gangbusters, and not a decade or more away.
Read it on Forbes at Reports Of The Death Of Self-Driving Cars Are Greatly Exaggerated
What makes a cryptocoin (or any currency) valuable?Submitted by brad on Sun, 2022-11-13 15:55
Why is a Bitcoin valuable? While almost all concede that shared faith -- or what I would term "Brand" -- is a major component of all currencies, there has been much debate over whether there are more intrinsic values that can keep the currency or token valuable, or get multiplied by brand to even higher value.
Why is the world's most successful entrepreneur screwing up Twitter so badly?Submitted by brad on Fri, 2022-11-11 19:40
Zoom calls on Teslas and French Solar Parking LotsSubmitted by brad on Wed, 2022-11-09 15:31
Two stories today:
France mandates solar panels on parking lots
France will require all parking lots with over 80 spaces to put in solar panels. That's huge, and means the power will be generated right where cars are charging in the morning -- no grid distribution needed.
France Mandates Solar Panels On Most Parking Lots; A Great Marriage With The EV
Andrej Karpathy, former AI head at Tesla, explains taking out sensorsSubmitted by brad on Mon, 2022-10-31 10:35
In a short interview snippet, Karpathy, who recently stepped down from being director of AI for Tesla, explains their reasoning for taking out radar, ultrasonics, and never using LIDAR or detailed maps.
"The best part is no part" is Elon's philosophy, and it's a valid one, if you are an automaker who wants to lower costs. But is it the right philosophy if you want to be first on the road with a safe robocar?
Electrify America Chargers are rarely used, what's up with non-Tesla charging?Submitted by brad on Wed, 2022-10-26 12:30
A press release from Electrify America, the largest non-Tesla charging network, revealed that their average stall is used slightly more than once a day.
I explore what that might be and what it means, with questions about how much people road trip in non-Teslas and the issues with poor reliability of these stations. And I point out ways to improve that reliability, including failing operational at the risk of giving out some free electricity.
Tesla Asks Drivers To Vote On New Supercharger Locations, But Will They Be Rural?Submitted by brad on Mon, 2022-10-24 12:00
Tesla is conducting a vote among owners on where to put new Superchargers. This will identify popular locations, but popularity may not be the only metric to use to decide where fast charging goes. Tesla paved the way by creating chargers not to use in your home town, but so that you would feel confident you could take your EV on long road trips -- something not possible before. The best choices may be small and rural, where people only go rarely, but where they want to feel they could go if they wanted.
You can now go to the gate to meet folks at ONT airport again. We can get rid of the airport security nightmare if we want to as wellSubmitted by brad on Sun, 2022-10-23 10:38
At ONT airport (Ontario California, east of L.A.) you can now once again get a pass to meet your family at the gate. That stopped on 9/11. But modern technology should be able to get rid of security lines and restore us to those simpler times of the past when flying wasn't a nightmare. Through the use of remote inspectors who can keep the x-ray belt rolling non-stop, and appointments at security and other tricks there is no reason most of the nightmare that airports have become can't be fixed.
Launching the Alef, a try fly-and-drive flying carSubmitted by brad on Wed, 2022-10-19 21:23
Today I attended the launch of the Alef, a new e-VTOL vehicle that drives as well as flies. Most so-called flying cars don't actually drive, and there are reasons for this, but Alef thinks the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
I've been friends with Alef since 2018, though I have no stock, so here's my report on the issues in their design and launch.
Zoox gets more different with thermal camerasSubmitted by brad on Wed, 2022-10-19 08:55
Amazon's robotaxi company, Zoox, has always worked to be different, with its own custom vehicle designed from the ground up. They have added thermal cameras to it for night vision and detection of people and animals. I look at what that does and other factors about the normally low-profile company in this new Forbes.com article.
Tesla removes ultrasonic sensors and disables parking features, something only Tesla could doSubmitted by brad on Mon, 2022-10-17 09:27
Tesla announced that new model 3 and Y vehicles delivered will no longer have the 12 ultrasonic sensors in the bumpers. They also disabled park assist and auto-park along with summon and the useless smart summon in these new cars, but promise those features will return soon as they work out how to do them with the cameras and software.
That's a remarkable move that no other auto OEM would do. Why have they done it and will it work? Read about it in a new Forbes site column at