The problem with Elon Musk’s vision of Tesla’s Autopilot future – Reuters

Producer/director Emma Schwartz
reporters Cade Metz and Neal Boudette

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Elon Musk’s ambition to impact the world is undeniable. “I have a lot of ideas, more ideas than I can take action,” the billionaire tech entrepreneur told Maureen Dowd of The Times in 2020. “I tend to bite off more than I can chew, then I sit there with chipmunk cheeks. »

As for Tesla, the electric car company he took over in 2008, Musk “wanted to disrupt and revolutionize the auto industry,” journalist Neal Boudette says in a new New York Times documentary. “And the autopilot was kind of a halo. »

For some at Tesla, Musk’s vision of the future was contagious. “Elon Musk had a very specific way of motivating people,” said JT Stukes, a former Tesla project engineer. “He said some really cool things, sci-fi stuff, and he made you believe you could do it. »

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