Ford ropes in former Tesla engineer to lead 'Advanced EV Development'
According to Clarke's LinkedIn, he accepted the position this week and officially joined Ford in California, reports Teslarati. At Tesla, he spent over 12 years in the company's engineering department. In September 2009, he joined Tesla as the Senior Design Engineer on Model X and Model S projects, including the advanced engineering processes for the drive unit, drive train, voltage distribution, and closure panels for the all-electric SUV.
Geomagnetic storm destroys 40 SpaceX Starlink satellites
The escalation speed and severity of the storm caused atmospheric drag to increase up to 50 per cent higher than during previous launches, the company said in a statement late on Tuesday. The Starlink team commanded the satellites into a safe-mode where they would fly edge-on (like a sheet of paper) to minimise drag -- to effectively "take cover from the storm".
Tesla reportedly planning to launch its own in-car App Store
Even as Musk backs Epic Games and calls Apple's App Store, "a de facto global tax", it's said that Tesla is working on its own rival, reports AppleInsider. Rumours were initially started when Tesla released an update that allowed for a customisable icon bar at the foot of the touchscreen.
Tesla vehicle with FSD Beta reportedly runs into pole
According to the auto-tech website Electrek, last month, CEO Elon Musk was claiming that Tesla's FSD Beta had yet to have an accident in over a year into the programme. That is despite a Model Y owner in the FSD Beta claiming in a complaint to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the system caused a crash, but the complaint could not be confirmed.
Stuck in India, Musk's Starlink gets license to operate in Brazil
Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) allowed Musk to enter the country, saying that the consumers will be able to get access to the satellite-based broadband through companies buying capacity from the satellite network, or if existing sector players obtain an authorisation to operate.
Musk blocks teen who asked for $50k to stop tracking his jet
According to The Guardian, while Musk offered Sweeney $5,000 to delete the bot @ElonJet, Sweeney asked for $50,000. Musk declined to pay and has now blocked Sweeney on the micro-blogging site. The billionaire reached out to the 19-year-old last November to express concern about the bot.
Tesla's new feature to disable seat controls if 'excessive' changes done
The new seats will track and measure the amount of adjustments users make and will disable the controls if they detect "excessive" changes, The Verge reported. The feature was first identified by @greentheonly, an anonymous hacker and researcher, and subsequently covered by Jalopnik.
Elon Musk offers teen $5K to stop tracking his private jet location
The billionaire reached out to the 19-year-old, Jack Sweeney, last November to express concern about a Twitter account he runs called @ElonJet, which provides regular updates on flights of well-known figures by using publicly available data. Musk offered Jack $5,000 (Rs 3.75 lakhs) to stop tweeting about his jets. However, Jack turned down Musk's offer and instead demanded $50,000 (Rs 37.55 lakhs), saying that the amount would cover his college fees and also help him buy a Tesla car, according to Protocol.
Tesla Cybertruck production delayed to 2023
Elon Musk-owned electric vehicle company Tesla has delayed production of its much-awaited Cybertruck, aiming to start in 2023. The electric vehicle manufacturer's CEO Elon Musk confirmed during Wednesday's fourth-quarter earnings call that production and first deliveries of the futuristic pickup are not expected this year. "As the Cybertruck, Semi, Roadster optimists, we'll be ready to bring those to production. Hopefully, next year. That is most likely", said Musk.
Security researcher took remote control of 25 Teslas in 13 countries
The security researcher that goes by the name of David Colombo, could disable Sentry Mode, open the doors/windows and even start Keyless Driving. This was "pretty dangerous if someone is able to remotely blast music at full volume or open the windows/doors while you are on the highway".