NTSB blames NHTSA and Tesla for a deadly 2019 Autopilot crash in Florida.
Tesla is attempting to develop its own battery cells, CNBC's Lora Kolodny reported, citing five current and recent employees.The electric-car maker is reportedly creating designs and prototypes for lithium-ion battery cells at what CNBC refers to as a "skunkworks lab" near its Fremont, California, factory.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Read more: In leaked email, Elon Musk says Tesla is very close to setting a record for deliveries in one quarter.But whether the company pulls it off comes down to one of the things it struggles with mostPanasonic is Tesla's current battery-cell supplier, making cells at the company's Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada, that Tesla assembles into company-designed battery packs.
"Tesla employees say to expect more Model 3 delays," read a headline from CNBC yesterday.CNBC's Lora Kolodny reported that despite Tesla's ambitions to run a highly automated manufacturing process, Tesla has been being forced to perform some battery-assembly steps in its Nevada Gigafactory by hand, borrowing scores of employees from its battery partner, Panasonic, to do it.It sounds like a big headache for the Palo Alto carmaker until you notice one key detail: the article is talking about the state of Tesla's manufacturing operation "as recently as mid-December."In December, Tesla and Panasonic workers were manually assembling bandoliers, rows of lithium-ion cells glued on either side of a cooling tube.But more recently, Kolodny acknowledges, Tesla has begun to ramp up production."Once the machines in the factory were able to crank out bandoliers as fast or faster than the manual laborers, Tesla began sending Panasonic workers back to their employer," Kolodny reports, citing anonymous sources at the factory.
Tesla has fired SolarCity employees at offices in Nevada, Arizona, and Utah, according to a CNBC report.The firings are part of a spate of company-wide terminations that Tesla said were related to annual performance reviews.Tesla has also fired 204 workers from its SolarCity office in Roseville, California.Tesla is reportedly continuing to make cuts to its SolarCity business.Tesla has fired an undisclosed number of SolarCity employees in offices in Nevada, Arizona, and Utah, CNBC's Lora Kolodny first reported.Since August, Tesla has fired 204 SolarCity employees at its office in Roseville, California.
But what happens when those stunts don’t go quite as planned?UPS knows because it recently crashed a delivery drone in front of a bunch of reporters.Dreadfully named “The HorseFly,” the new UPS octocopter docks with a fancy hybrid version of the iconic brown delivery trucks.This all sounds well and good — until something goes wrong.TechCrunch’s Sarah Perez and Lora Kolodny were at the demo at a blueberry farm in Tampa, Florida and buried this salacious detail at the bottom of their report:During a second, unofficial demonstration of the HorseFly for UPS on Monday, some sort of interference – possibly from the broadcast reporters’ cameras - caused an issue with the drone’s compass.
The day when you pull up next to a car in traffic and find no one sitting at the steering wheel is probably closer than you think.As TechCrunch s Lora Kolodny noted yesterday, California has amendments to a bill before its legislative assembly that would allow for the testing of cars without any driver in the seat at all on actual roads.And earlier this week, Michigan s state legislators introduced a bill that would also allow testing without a safety driver present, which has bipartisan support and is set to be discussed at a state senate hearing today.Both bills do limit the situations in which these kinds of driverless cars can operate; California s bill specifies speeds under 35 miles per hour in pilot projects, and operation only within approved areas but those areas could include public roads .Michigan s proposed law would allow the self-driving cars on any state roads, including highways and interstate routes.The only real limitation here would be that it includes a provision that carmakers and its suppliers the creators of the autonomous driving system used, for instance be held liable for any resulting accidents.