By Rex Crum | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: October 8, 2018 at 2:09 pm | UPDATED: October 8, 2018 at 2:12 pm With a little more than a month to go until Elon Musk is supposed to abide by an agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission and step down as Tesla’s chairman, speculation is growing over how Tesla might seek to fill the post in what has been one of the most tumultuous periods in the electric-car maker’s history. U.S. District Judge Allison Nathan still needs to give her approval to the settlement, and has given Musk and the SEC until Oct. 11 to submit a 10-page, double-spaced joint letter explaining why she should sign off on the agreement. Musk was given 45 days from the day the SEC settlement was announced to step down as Tesla’s chairman. But the fact that Musk will still oversee the day-to-day running of Tesla has some analysts and Tesla watchers saying the company needs to be thorough when choosing a chairman who … [Read more...] about Tesla has its work cut out to find chairman to replace Elon Musk
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Building the future of transportation is, by definition, a ton of work. You can’t just start cranking out production cars in your backyard, or launching hyperloops, or digging holes. You need entire teams of engineers, reams of designers, visionaries and scientists and bureaucracy experts to boot. This week, we prepped to cover the annual, ultra fancy Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where the greatest car buffs get ready to show off their latest dreams. And we got a few interesting peeks into their future roadmap. Porsche restorers imitating Formula 1 cars; electric enthusiasts envisioning future elegance; giant carmakers wondering how 3-D printing fits into manufacturing. Yes, people made their labor evident this week. Plus, we learned more about Tesla’s legal struggz, Drive.ai’s plot to teach robocars how to communicate with humans, and a radar company that wants autonomous vehicles to start looking down. It’s been a week! Let’s get you caught … [Read more...] about This Week in the Future of Cars: Make It Work!
Automakers around the world have spent the last few years promoting hybrid and electric drivetrain technology in order to show how they’re thinking about the future. But lately, some of them are looking back to the past to promote these new technologies. Friday was the first day of the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, one of the ritziest car shows in the world. Staged along the California coast, the opening ceremonies featured appropriately outlandish announcements (like the $5.78 million 1,500-horsepower Bugatti Divo). But a few companies also went right for the nostalgia jugular. Infiniti kicked off the show with its new Prototype 10, an all-electric racer that the company says “recaptures the spirit of early speedsters for an era of electrified performance.” The single-seater arrow of a car is equal parts retro and neofuturistic, and is Infiniti’s way of doubling down on the early 20th-century vibes it tapped for the Prototype 9, which the … [Read more...] about Automakers are tapping nostalgia to promote electric cars — and it’s working
caption Tesla CEO Elon Musk. source Mark Brake / Getty Images Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been right about electric cars needing to be cool – but he’s been wrong about several other major aspects of the transportation business. Musk doesn’t like to be wrong, so he’s stuck to his guns when it comes to pitting Tesla against its competition and doubling down on various futuristic ambitions. His biggest mistake was in not understanding that self-driving cars would both steal electric vehicles’ thunder – and create a new business opportunity that Tesla couldn’t easily pursue. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is clearly feeling some stress. At Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday, he at times struggled to control his emotions while still rocking a very chic Belstaff motorcycle jacket (Musk’s fashionable jackets should have their own Twitter account). … [Read more...] about Elon Musk got one thing right about selling electric cars — but it’s not enough to save Tesla from his mistakes
Battery life is still considered one of the weaker spots of modern smartphones. As we shared in a recent battery life study of ours, the average smartphone does not last any longer between charges compared to counterparts from a couple of years ago, and there's no way we can call this progress. On a positive note, smartphones now charge much faster – about 65% faster on average – and that is greatly thanks to the implementation of fast-charging technologies. For instance, Qualcomm Quick Charge is supported on recent phones by Samsung, LG, and HTC, as well as on recent Moto models.Now there's this new Dash Charge – a fast charging solution based on OPPO's VOOC – and it is available to owners of the OnePlus 3. Promising "a day's power in half an hour", the technology needs just 30 minutes to replenish two thirds of the smartphone's battery capacity, which is pretty remarkable. But what kind of sorcery is behind Dash Charge and is it any better than other … [Read more...] about How it works: Dash Charge fast charging on the OnePlus 3