USA TODAY tech reporter Marco della Cava takes his hands off the wheel of a Tesla Model S sedan while driving down the 280 Freeway north of the Tesla's headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. Pressure is building on Tesla Motors in Europe to stop using the name "Autopilot" to designate its partial self-driving system -- and the concerns could reverberate to the U.S. The issue is that Tesla's designation can encourage drivers to put too much reliance on Autopilot to protect them from crashing and not pay proper attention behind the wheel. Although Tesla says it repeatedly tells drivers that they need to stay in charge, a Tesla owner was killed in May when his car broadsided a tractor-trailer that turned in front of him. The Autopilot system was engaged at the time. Over the weekend, it was reported that Germany's Transport Ministry sent a letter to the California-based automaker telling it to stop using the name in advertising.
Musk tweeted he has "verbal [government] approval" to build an underground hyperloop on the East Coast. Tesla will partner with French renewable energy company Neoen to build the 100-megawatt battery farm in South Australia state. Billionaire innovator Elon Musk is known for his California rocket and electric car businesses, but he looked to the Midwest to show he is serious about building an ultra-high-speed underground rail system from New York to Washington, D.C. In pursuit of a massive tunnel boring machine to innovate yet again, Musk struck a deal to acquire one from Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based Super Excavators. He also drew upon the 67-year-old contracting company's expertise to get going, with an ultimate goal of developing ways to dig tunnels faster -- an accomplishment that could dramatically reduce the cost of bringing his latest dream to life.