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Tesla Chief's Plan: More Models, More Self-Driving

Newspaper article International New York Times

Tesla Chief's Plan: More Models, More Self-Driving

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In a blog post, Mr. Musk says nothing about the Autopilot controversy, while envisioning a future of self-driving buses and tractor-trailers.

Despite federal safety investigations of Tesla's self-driving cars, the company's chief executive, Elon Musk, is hardly backing off on his grand plans for autonomous vehicles.

In a blog post late Wednesday, Mr. Musk updated Tesla's "master plan" with a pledge to expand beyond electric cars into battery- powered pickups, semitrucks and buses, and to equip them with advanced self-driving systems.

He made no mention of the fatal May 7 accident involving a Tesla Model S with its Autopilot system engaged, or of the federal scrutiny of the technology. A criticism of that system has been that, despite its name, its collision-avoidance abilities depend on the human driver's being ready to immediately retake control of the vehicle in a crisis. …

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