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The 5 biggest questions we still have about the Tesla Semi

Mashable

Tesla finally unveiled its heavy-duty, all-electric Semi truck, and we're impressed. The big rig is the sum of all of the automaker's work in one massive package, featuring design cues from its other vehicles and even borrowing their parts, like the Model 3 motors that power each of its "super single" wheels. Musk claims the Semi will also offer truckers BAMF acceleration and performance specs, up to 500 miles of range per charge, and a cheaper cost to operate than standard diesel trucks. The Semi certainly looks the part of the next big thing for the trucking industry -- but there's still so much about it that we don't know. Elon Musk only showed off certain aspects of the truck during his presentation, leaving some very important features to be shared at a later date, when Tesla is ready to start churning out the rigs for clients.


Elon Musk Reveals Tesla's Electric Semitruck

WIRED

Elon Musk has always dreamed big, and tonight he showed off his biggest reverie yet: the fully electric Tesla Semi. Powered by a massive battery, it's capable of hauling 80,000 pounds. It'll even drive itself--on the highway, at least. The big rig, which Musk unveiled at Tesla's design center in Hawthorne, California Thursday night, is just the latest step in his mission to make humanity forget about planet-killing fossil fuels and embrace the gospel of electric power. That is, of course, if he can convince the trucking industry it's time for a new way of moving stuff around--and if he can actually make the thing.


Here are all the companies besides Tesla that are building trucks of the future

Mashable

Tesla will reveal its semi-truck design tonight in a highly anticipated event in Hawthorne, California, reaching another goal in founder Elon Musk's "Master Plan" for the company. The semi is the automaker's first shot at disrupting the trucking industry in the same way it brought all-electric cars to the forefront of the consumer auto conversation -- but Tesla won't be alone in its attempt to bring electric, autonomous big rigs to the world's highways. There are multiple next-gen trucking projects in the works from all manner of players, from fledgling startups with one killer concept to major conglomerates launching new brands. Some of the ventures focus on creating all-electric powertrains for heavy-duty vehicles, while others add self-driving features and new fleet logistics systems to standard rigs -- but they all want to shake up the trucking industry. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk rips the press for'ridiculous' coverage of Tesla firings Before Musk takes the stage at 8 p.m. Pacific on Thursday (or jumps on top of his new rig or whatever he winds up doing), lets take a look at a few of the other most exciting trucks in development that could change the way we haul cargo.


Apple co-founder 'The Woz' slams Tesla's Autopilot

Mashable

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is super keen on futuristic electric cars, but doesn't yet trust Tesla's autonomous driving technology. "The Woz," who drives a Tesla Model S, is concerned some people are mistaking Tesla's current Autopilot system as a completely capable self-driving program. In reality, Tesla's Autopilot feature is classified by the federal government as a "level two" autonomous driving system, which means the car is only partially automated, meaning it will steer itself, accelerate, and decelerate -- but the driver must always be prepared to take control of the vehicle. "Tesla has in people's mind that they have cars that will just drive themselves totally, and it is so far from the truth, so they have deceived us," Wozniak told CNBC at this week's 20/20 Money conference in Las Vegas. To Wozniak, the word "autopilot" is deceiving and potentially dangerous.


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International Business Times

Elon Musk has taken it upon himself to act as the canary in the coal mine that is the artificial intelligence world for some time now. The SpaceX, Tesla, Boring Company founder and CEO believes that AI is part of the future but also that there needs to be regulation around it, now. More specifically, the AI god that former Uber engineer, Anthony Levandowski is planning to develop. Musk tweeted the article and wrote "On the list of people who should absolutely *not* be allowed to develop digital superintelligence…" He gave no further information about why Levandowski was one of the people who he thought should not be allowed to develop such an AI. But the two have been in conflict before.


Tesla's Model 3 'production hell' is testing Elon Musk's fix-as-you-go carmaking model

Los Angeles Times

When Elon Musk talks about the future of factory automation at Tesla, he envisions new breeds of robots and smart machines compressed in dense factories with little room for human operators, guided by self-learning software. "At the point at which the factory looks like an "alien dreadnought" -- a nod to a video game spaceship -- "you know you've won," Musk has told investors. But so far, the manufacturing of Tesla's new all-electric compact sedan, the Model 3, at its Fremont, Calif., factory is moving at a more earthbound pace. When Musk launched the car at an elaborate stage show in July, Tesla was anticipating a production rate of 20,000 Model 3s a month by the end of December. Over three months through September, though, Tesla had produced only 260 Model 3s -- about three cars a day.


Elon Musk shares video of massive Model 3 stamping machine

Daily Mail

In a new video posted to Instagram, the electric car-maker has revealed the firm's massive stamping machine, which works in tandem with two robotic arms to swap out the body panels. The new video posted to Instagram reveals the firm's massive stamping machine operating in real time, which works in tandem with two robotic arms to swap out the body panels. The stunning footage released on Instagram shows one of the vehicles on the'body line' as four huge red mechanisms carry out different tasks The new video comes just a week after the Tesla boss admitted the team was in'production hell,' as the company produced just 260 of the targeted 1,500 for the quarter. Last week, Elon Musk revealed the firm is delaying plans to unveil its electric truck to boost battery production for Puerto Rico and focus on the Model 3.


Elon Musk shares video of Tesla's assembly robot in action

Daily Mail

The stunning footage released on Instagram shows one of the vehicles on the'body line' as four huge red mechanisms carry out different tasks The first models of the 35,000 (£27,000) electric vehicle begin production this week. Last week, Elon Musk revealed the firm is delaying plans to unveil its electric truck to boost battery production for Puerto Rico and focus on the Model 3. 'Diverting resources to fix Model 3 bottlenecks & increase battery production for Puerto Rico & other affected areas.' Tesla said on Monday its deliveries rose 4.5 percent in the third quarter from the prior-year period, but said'production bottlenecks' had left the company behind its planned ramp-up for the new Model 3 It had targeted 1,500 sedans in the quarter and to take production to 5,000 a week by the end of the year.


GM boss: Elon Musk's autonomous car claim's 'full of crap'

Daily Mail

In the last year, Elon Musk has made ambitious claims about the capabilities of Tesla's electric vehicles, even revealing that all cars will now be built with the hardware to support full autonomy. Elon Musk has made ambitious claims about the capabilities of Tesla's electric vehicles, even revealing that all cars will now be built with the hardware to support full autonomy. But, according to General Motors' director of autonomous vehicle integration, Musk is'full of crap' The first models of the $35,000 (£27,000) electric vehicle began production last month. Tesla has remained tight-lipped as to the purpose of the cameras, and made no mention of the devices during the firm's launch of the Model 3 (pictured) last week Tesla CEO Elon Musk, 46, told the launch event that he expects to churn out 500,000 Model 3s a year.


Tesla delays truck to boost Puerto Rico battery production

Daily Mail

Elon Musk has revealed the firm is delaying plans to unveil an electric truck to boost battery production for Puerto Rico and focus on its Model 3 car. 'Diverting resources to fix Model 3 bottlenecks & increase battery production for Puerto Rico & other affected areas.' It began production in July of the Model 3, which starts at $35,000, half the starting price of the Model S. Tesla launched production of the Model 3 in July and said in early August that it was'confident' it could hit production of just over 1,500 cars per week in the third quarter. The company rushed this year to launch the Model 3 sedan and quickly ramp up production to reach a target of 500,000 cars per year in 2018 Tesla said on Monday that a handful of systems at its Fremont, California, car plant and its battery factory in Reno, Nevada, 'have taken longer to activate than expected.'