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Elon Musk Truck: Elon Musk is now getting criticized again for stating that Tesla will soon reach the highest autonomous driving level.
Several experts have come out and criticized Musk’s enthusiastic claims about the brand’s technology, reports Automotive News Europe (ANE)
A few days after Elon Musk’s new Tesla Cybertruck was revealed, he posted a video of the truck engaging in a tug-of-war with a Ford F-150, showing the electric Cybertruck quickly beating the Ford pickup.
But after charges that the competition was unfair, Musk agreed to a new showdown, saying he would try to shoot a new video next week.
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- Several blogs pointed to the apparent disparity in the confrontation. The F-150 appears to be rear-wheel drive, while the Cybertruck is an all-wheel drive.
- The F-150 seems to be a lower-spec STX package with a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, probably lighter than the Cybertruck. It even looks like Tesla’s vehicle is going ahead!
- The video was contentious enough that scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson offered his opinion on Twitter, noting that EVs are “very heavy” on the axles, which would give the Cybertruck more traction in a tug-of-war.
- And Ford got involved, with Sundeep Madra, vice president of the venture incubator at automaker Ford X, challenging Musk to an “apples-to-apples test.” He quickly replied, “Go ahead,” adding, “he will try to do this next week.”
Will it happen, however? A Ford representative told Motor1 that Madra’s tweet was “ironic,” though that doesn’t answer whether the challenge was serious. We reached out to Ford and will update this story if we receive a confirmation.
- Though Musk can’t lose in this kind of competition, the US truck market is intensely loyal, with customers generally sticking to one of the few brands, including Ford’s F-series Ram trucks and Fiat Chrysler.
- If Tesla will make paths indoors, it needs to be as visible as possible, so a bit of pounding to the chest can’t hurt.
- Even if the Cybertruck lost in a new match, Musk could say that Tesla will improve the vehicle before it begins to roll off the assembly lines (scheduled for 2022).
- It could demand a tug-of-war against Ford’s upcoming electric F-150, which is currently in the works. Now that would be “apples to apples.”
- We’ll have to delay and see if the new match happens, but whatever the outcome, I’m sure Ford and Tesla fans will want to see more
- The driver handles most functions, but the car may have, e.g., automatic braking. This equality is found in many of today’s cars.
2. Conditional Automation
- The vehicle can take charge of its progress, but the driver must still be ready to take control.
3. High automation
- It applies to complete autopilot, where the car can drive alone without the driver intervening.
- The vehicle can be equipping with autopilot and automatic functions such as cruise control and highway center. However, the driver must continuously be prepared to take over driving.
5. Full automation
- At this level, neither the driver nor the steering wheel is necessary, and where no one needs to sit in the car for you to drive. The vehicle must also operate automatically in all conceivable weather conditions to achieve this level.