Tesla Autopilot Self-Driving Beta Test Will Start Tuesday, Elon Musk Confirms

KEY POINTS

  • Tesla will roll out its FSD feature in a closed beta system test next week
  • The new autopilot software will be available to a small pool of Tesla owners
  • The updated FSD software is expected to include many new functionalities

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter on Monday that the company’s autopilot self-driving mode would be made available in a small beta test starting next week. 

The closed beta-test system, which will be limited to a small pool of “expert and careful drivers,” will roll out next week, Car And Driver reported. 

The Full Self-Driving (FSD) feature has undergone a complete reboot and is expected to carry a lot of new functionality. The rewrite also updated the autopilot’s labeling software to enable it to interpret the environment in 4D instead of 2D. 

Based on Musk’s recent descriptions, the updated software will build on its current “traffic light

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Elon Musk has ‘seen no evidence of an advanced civilization visiting Earth’

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Elon Musk tweeted this scenic view of the Starship SN5 prototype in mid-air in August. This is an identified flying object.


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The truth is out there, and Elon Musk is sure it has nothing to do with aliens visiting Earth. 

The SpaceX founder chimed in on the idea of UFO sightings through a couple of tweets on Sunday. “I have seen no evidence of an advanced civilization visiting Earth,” he tweeted. “Fuzzy pics that are worse than a 7/11 security cam frame grab don’t count!”

Musk was responding to a tweet from Fox television anchor Maria Bartiromo. She shared a clip from Sunday in which she asked President Donald Trump why earlier this year

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Electric-car CEOs battling to become the next Elon Musk

  • No electric-vehicle startup has matched, or even approached, Tesla’s success, much of which can be credited to CEO Elon Musk.
  • The CEOs of a new generation of EV companies are hoping they recreate Musk’s career — but his path is a tricky one to follow.
  • They include Rivian’s RJ Scaringe and Lucid Motors’ Peter Rawlinson.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Running Tesla has helped turn Elon Musk into one of the world’s richest people. As of Friday, he was fifth on Forbes’ ranking of the world’s billionaires, ahead of Warren Buffett and just behind Mark Zuckerberg.

A handful of startup founders have attempted to match Musk’s success at Tesla over the years, but most have failed to overcome the brutal economics of the car business. Now, a new wave of CEOs is hoping they can learn from their predecessors’ mistakes and capitalize on projected growth in EV demand

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Musk: SpaceX’s Starlink has enough orbiting satellites for public beta

  • Elon Musk said Tuesday that SpaceX’s internet satellite project, Starlink, has now launched enough satellites for its public beta.
  • Musk tweeted that once the most-recently launched satellites are in position, the company will roll out a “fairly wide public beta” in the northern US and southern Canada.
  • The goal of Starlink is to put a constellation of satellites into orbit that can beam high-speed internet to remote parts of the Earth.
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Elon Musk’s goal of beaming high-speed internet to remote parts of the Earth using orbiting satellites just got a step closer to reality.

SpaceX on Tuesday successfully launched a batch of 60 satellites, bringing the total number of Starlink satellites in orbit to more than 700, per Ars Technica. Musk, SpaceX’s CEO, said this is enough for a public beta.

“Once these satellites reach their target position, we will be able to

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Musk says Tesla to use new batteries, tech at Berlin factory; flags production risk



a close up of Elon Musk: SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during a conversation with legendary game designer Todd Howard at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles


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SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during a conversation with legendary game designer Todd Howard at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles


(Reuters) – Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Wednesday the company will produce Model Y with a new structural battery design and technology at its Berlin factory next year and that could result in a “significant production risk”.

The U.S. electric carmaker plans to manufacture a new version of its Model Y crossover vehicle, and possibly even battery cells at the site. Last month, Musk said that Tesla will use its Germany-based plant to demonstrate a radical overhaul of how its cars are built.

The company plans to start the production of Model Y at Gigafactory Berlin during the second half of 2021.

Tesla’s new battery cell – a larger cylindrical format called 4680 that can store more energy and

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Tesla’s quarterly report could land Musk another $3 billion

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Elon Musk wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: Automobile awards The golden steering wheel in Berlin


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FILE PHOTO: Automobile awards The golden steering wheel in Berlin


(Reuters) – Tesla’s upcoming quarterly report could put another $3 billion in Chief Executive Elon Musk’s pocket.

The electric car maker on Tuesday saw the six-month average of its stock market value hit $250 billion, a milestone toward triggering the fourth of 12 tranches of options to buy Tesla stock at a discount, granted to the billionaire in his 2018 pay package.

Musk’s compensation is exclusively made up of a series of potential stock options rewards based on market capitalization and operational goals. To secure Musk’s fourth tranche, Tesla still must hit a goal related to revenue or profitability, and that could happen in the company’s third-quarter report, the date of

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Elon Musk says humans must leave Earth “because sun will engulf our planet”

Elon Musk has said that humans have to become a "multi-planet species". (Getty)
Elon Musk has said that humans have to become a “multi-planet species”. (Getty)

When Elon Musk launched a Tesla into space, it carried a sign saying “Don’t panic” on the dashboard – but the billionaire was in a more doom-laden form this week.

The SpaceX and Tesla pioneer warned, in an interview with The New York Times podcast Sway, that travel to other planets was necessary as Earth would be engulfed by the Sun.

Speaking to host Kara Swisher, Musk said: “I think this is fundamentally important for ensuring the long-term survival of life as we know it, to be a multi-planet species.

“Eventually the Sun is going to expand and engulf Earth. It will expand and incinerate Earth. It is for sure going to happen – but not any time soon.”

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This is something of an understatement,

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Elon Musk: Starlink will ‘probably IPO’ in ‘several years’

  • Elon Musk tweeted on Monday that Starlink, an satellite-based internet initiative within his privately held company SpaceX, will “probably IPO” in “several years.”
  • Musk said that Starlink likely would wait to go public until “revenue growth is smooth & predictable” and that he would prioritize “small retail investors” when taking the business public.
  • SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell had previously floated the idea in February.
  • Starlink is aiming to start offering space-based internet services to customers this summer, but the company has already drawn criticism over its environmental impact and regulatory approval.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced in a tweet Monday that he will “probably” take SpaceX’s internet-based satellite venture, Starlink, public at some point in the future.

“We will probably IPO Starlink, but only several years in the future when revenue growth is smooth & predictable,” Musk said.

He also promised

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Elon Musk criticizes Microsoft exclusively licensing GPT-3

  • Elon Musk voiced his discontent on Twitter that OpenAI — the AI research firm he helped found — is exclusively licensing its famous natural-language software GPT-3 to Microsoft.
  • “This does seem like the opposite of open. OpenAI is essentially captured by Microsoft,” Musk tweeted.
  • GPT-3 is able to generate text that looks natural enough to appear to have been written by a human.
  • Microsoft said others would still be able to access GPT-3 via an application programming interface.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

It looks like Elon Musk is increasingly unhappy with OpenAI, the artificial-intelligence research firm he helped found five years ago.

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it was exclusively licensing GPT-3, a natural-language AI-powered tool made by OpenAI.

The announcement was met with some dismay on Twitter from users who had thought OpenAI’s mission statement was to make technologies like GPT-3 widely available. Musk, who cofounded

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Tesla’s Elon Musk unveils new battery technology that will see more affordable cars

TESLA IS WORKING on new battery technology that CEO Elon Musk says will enable the company within the next three years to make sleeker, more affordable cars that can travel dramatically longer distances on a single charge.

But the battery breakthroughs that the entrepreneur unveiled yesterday at a highly anticipated event did not impress investors.

They were hoping Tesla’s technology would mark an even bigger leap forward and propel the company’s soaring stock to even greater heights.

Tesla’s shares shed more than 6% in extended trading after Musk’s presentation.

That deepened a downturn that began during yesterday’s regular trading session as investors began to brace for a potential letdown.

Musk raised those worries with a series of tweets on Monday warning that Tesla’s new battery technology might not be ready for high-volume production until 2022.

He reiterated that timetable during yesterday’s showcase and then added it might take up to

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