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    Agreed. Wonder how it would affect jobs. Gives a whole new meaning to the - "they are taking our jobs" argument.

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    The place I've been expecting autonomous vehicles to really take off is agriculture. Tractors and Combines should be more than capable of driving around 1000s of acres of fields, while the farmer tracks their progress from home, drinking a beer and watching the game.
    I believe they already do. Newer combines and tractors are self drive and guided by GPS to run the perfect pattern as to not waste any land.

    We may have the technology of self drive cars, but we won't allow them in crowded area just yet.
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    [Merged several Tesla threads]
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    Elon Musk may never deliver a $35,000 Model 3—and that would actually be great news for Tesla (TSLA)

    Everybody has been giving Tesla CEO Elon Musk a hard time for his savage Twitter ways of late, myself included. But that doesn't mean, amid all the trolling of haters and big media, Musk doesn't sometimes tweet out an insight.

    For example, Musk offered this tweet in response to a question about when the long-promised $35,000 Model 3 sedan would arrive, after he announced a $78,000 high-performance trim level: "With production, 1st you need achieve target rate & then smooth out flow to achieve target cost. Shipping min cost Model 3 right away wd cause Tesla to lose money & die. Need 3 to 6 months after 5k/wk to ship $35k Tesla & live."

    That's not exactly what I heard when I was at the Model 3 launch in July of 2017. Then, my understanding was that Tesla would first build the $44,000 Model 3 with a long-range battery pack and a single motor over the rear axle to keep things simple. After all, the company had never mass-produced the car before and had skipped a so-called "soft tooling" phase of the ramp-up, when it could fix problems with the assembly line before settling on costly gear.

    I did know that Tesla usually sells expensive trim level before cheap ones — and sometimes doesn't see very much demand for less-expensive versions of its vehicles.

    That's not a bad thing, as pricier Teslas are better for topline revenue and should eventually be a boon for bottom-line profits if the company can stop losing billions of dollars annually. In fact, a little over a year ago I argued that selling a $35,000 car wasn't such a great move for Musk.

    "It bears repeating: the Model 3 represents a move for Tesla in the opposite direction of where the money is in the car business," I wrote. "A $35,000 compact sedan brings in a lot less than a $100,000-plus mid-size SUV. For Tesla, the Model 3 is a far greater risk than the Model S or X were."

    My headline was "The Model 3 could be the worst thing that ever happened to Tesla," so I take a doleful victory lap on that one.
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    Exclusive: Tesla flies in new battery production line for Gigafactory

    FRANKFURT/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tesla Inc has flown six planes full of robots and equipment from Europe to California in an unusual, high-stakes effort to speed up battery production for its Model 3 electric sedan, people familiar with the matter told Reuters this week.

    Transporting equipment for a production line by air is costly and hardly ever done in the automotive industry, and the move underscores Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk’s urgency to get a grip on manufacturing problems that have hobbled the launch of the high-volume Model 3 and pushed Tesla’s finances deep into the red.

    “As usual with Tesla, everything is being done in a massive hurry and money seems to be no obstacle,” said one of the two sources.

    Tesla on Friday declined to comment on whether it has shipped in any new production equipment from Europe.

    Investors are closely watching Tesla and its high-profile, often brash CEO to see if the upstart electric vehicle maker can pull off high-volume production of the Model 3, a car with the potential to catapult the niche automaker to a mass producer and assure its financial stability.

    But manufacturing missteps have led Tesla to repeatedly miss production targets for the sedan, and raised doubts about Musk’s promises that the company will stop burning cash by the third quarter of this year. Tesla had free cash flow of negative $1 billion in the first quarter, and earlier this month disclosed that it could offer its Fremont, California, vehicle assembly plant as collateral for debt.

    Engineers from Tesla’s German engineering arm, Grohmann, are now reworking the battery production line at the Gigafactory near Reno, Nevada, in a bid to free up bottlenecks, the person said. The line will become more automated gradually over time, added the source, who was not authorized to speak for attribution.
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    Why Tesla's reported incompetence with the model 3 production line is greatly exaggerated and misrepresented.

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