It’s 2020, and everyone is a bit disappointed that flying cars are not here yet. But a fantasy of the future of the 1980s will soon come true: one day soon, your Tesla may be talking to you.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk showed a new feature for his electric cars: the ability to talk to people outside the car with a British accent. Musk added that the talking car could cause some “epic thief confusion” by adding functionality to the car’s existing sentinel mode, a monitoring system that is part of the car’s safety.
Teslas will soon talk to people if he wishes. This is real. pic.twitter.com/8AJdERX5qa
– Buff Mage (@elonmusk) January 12, 2020
The tweet is the latest in a series of promises from Musk, which often rushes to show an exciting new feature, but is often not as arrogant with details. The ability to speak has no release date, and Tesla told Digital Trends in an email that “Elon’s tweet is the scope of what we are sharing right now about this.”
The announcement of new Tesla features with delayed tracking, or none at all, has a bit of a pattern for Musk. Digital Trends reported in February last year that Tesla would launch a fleet of autonomous Teslas (which would still need drivers behind the wheel) before the end of 2019. It is the beginning of 2020 and those have not materialized.
The list of such promises is extensive, so much so that there is a complete website to track them: ElonsBrokenPromises.com has crawled some of them. These are some of Tesla’s (many) promises that Musk has made, without really fulfilling.
Model 3 production
In 2017, Musk stated that the company would manufacture 500,000 Model 3 in 2018. He then continued to change the goals, saying they would earn 20,000 per month, and then 5,000 per week. The actual production of Model 3 in 2018 was 8,180 in the first quarter, 28,578 in the second quarter, 55,840 in the third quarter and 61,394 in the fourth quarter.
Tesla manufactured 0 cars in 2011, but will earn around 500k in 2019
– Buff Mage (@elonmusk) February 20, 2019
In total, the company produced 152,992 3 models in 2018. That is an average of less than 3,000 per week, in total, significantly less than the company promised.
Musk has set many deadlines for when their cars will be fully automated. For example, in 2016 he tweeted an article in the Wall Street Journal about how his cars could make field trips across the country ” [the] next year.”
Tesla hopes to demonstrate a trip through the country without a driver next year https://t.co/YTxMUT3hWq through @WSJ
– Buff Mage (@elonmusk) October 20, 2016
In 2017, he was asked on Twitter when cars would have “full autonomous driving capabilities,” and he replied: “3 months maybe, 6 months definitely.” It’s 2020 and none of those have happened yet: a statement on the Tesla website says “All new Tesla cars come standard with advanced hardware capable of providing autopilot features today and full autonomous driving capabilities in the future, through software updates designed to improve functionality over time. “
You even have to pay more for it: the autopilot has an additional cost of $ 7,000 above the price of the car tag, and Tesla says it will have additional capabilities “later this year,” including “automatic driving on the streets. from the city”.
In other words: he pays us money now and at some point in the future his car will drive alone, we promise.
In April 2019, Musk stated that Tesla will have a million autonomous robotaxis on the road in 2020, and said it would eventually manufacture cars without steering wheels or pedals. Tesla would have to significantly increase production to reach that mark, not to mention obtaining regulatory approval from many government agencies, and even Musk himself warned that it might not happen this year.
That is why it is possible that Tesla has a million robotics by the end of 2020 if we improve the existing HW2 fleet of ~ 500k and manufacture at least ~ 500k FSD cars
– Buff Mage (@elonmusk) July 8, 2019
“Sometimes I don’t arrive on time, but I do,” Musk warned investors during Tesla Autonomy Investors Day.
Cybertruck’s infamous windows
During the presentation of the Tesla Cybertruck in November, Musk promised that the windows in the Cybertruck are bulletproof and then had someone throw a metal ball against the glass, which broke quickly. To be fair, Musk then posted a video of a pre-launch demonstration that was much more fluid.
Franz throws a steel ball to Cybertruck’s window just before launch. I guess we have some improvements to make before production haha. pic.twitter.com/eB0o4tlPoz
– Buff Mage (@elonmusk) November 23, 2019
Let’s not forget the Musk tweet of August 2018, where he said he was considering taking Tesla in private.
I am considering taking Tesla privately at $ 420. Secured financing.
– Buff Mage (@elonmusk) August 7, 2018
That ended up being a great hamburger. Apparently, Musk had not obtained funds, and ended up doing nothing like that. MarketWatch at that time called Musk “reckless in his statements” and that “he had developed a reputation for excessive promises and low Tesla results.”
This had great consequences for Musk: in October 2018, Musk agreed to pay a fine of $ 20 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and also had to resign as president of the company for at least three years.
There is the legendary Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York. Musk received $ 750 million in grants while singing the family song of “jobs for everyone” to build a new solar cell production factory, and has now been accused that all this is a big hoax. The former attorney general of the United States, Preet Bharara, called it “a monument to corruption and fraud.”
Tesla lost money in 2019 compared to 2018, but according to CNBC, it is still generating more than $ 6 billion in quarterly revenue.
The inconsistency even encouraged AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson to say that Tesla is “one of Ponzi’s great schemes of all time or will work,” before the New York Auto Show in 2017. In both years and Medium since then comment, the result is still uncertain.