When the autopilot appeared in the Tesla car, they asked for only $ 5,000 for it – if the option was ordered at the configuration stage, or $ 7,000 if the user wanted to receive the option after the delivery of the car. At that time, it seemed that they were asking for a lot for an imperfect autopilot. But 2022 has come…
At the beginning of the year, Tesla’s autopilot had already gone up from $10,000 to $12,000. In July, Elon Musk made a transparent hint at another rise in price when he called the autopilot “ridiculously cheap.” For a moment: at that time, they were already asking for almost 2.5 times more than at the very beginning. And now Musk has announced an increase in the cost of autopilot to $15,000. In comparison, a new Model 3 now costs about $46,000 in the US.
After wide release of FSD Beta 10.69.2, the price of FSD will rise to $15k in North America on September 5th. Current price will be honored for orders made before Sept 5th, but delivered later.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 21, 2022
The new cost for the Autopilot feature will be effective September 5th. All cars ordered before this date will receive an autopilot (if the user needs one at all) for $12,000, regardless of when the car is delivered to the buyer. It is not yet clear whether the cost of an Autopilot subscription will remain at its current level ($200 per month). Note that the announcement of the increase in the cost of Tesla Autopilot almost coincided with the release of a major system update – FSD Beta 10.69.2.
Tesla Optimus humanoid robot will cost less than $20,000. Specifications are already known
As we already reported, yesterday Elon Musk presented a fresh prototype of the Optimus humanoid robot, details of which were published by Slashgear.
The robot is able to move all fingers independently, and there are sensors in the fingers for feedback and control of the grip force. The robot will be able to keep track of what it is holding. The arms have 27 degrees of freedom, the body – more than 200. At the same time, the robot weighs about 73 kg and consumes 100 watts in a sitting position and 500 watts when walking.
The heart of Optimus is a single-chip system developed by Tesla. He received Wi-Fi and LTE modules for a permanent connection to the Web. The 2.4 kWh battery is also designed by Tesla and is built into the Optimus’ chest.
The charge is expected to last a full day, though it’s unclear at this stage how much work the Optimus can handle. Elon Musk acknowledged that Tesla still has a lot of work to do to improve and refine the Optimus.
However, the Tesla CEO is enthusiastic about the potential: “Our goal is to build a useful humanoid robot as soon as possible. We plan to produce robots in large volumes, with low cost and high reliability.”
The biggest surprise is pricing, where Musk is very ambitious: “It’s expected to cost a lot less than a car.” Probably less than $20,000 is my guess. This is significantly less than even the cheapest Tesla car.”
Musk said the robot’s knee joint is inspired by human knees. Tesla also conducts crash tests, similar to those its cars go through, to make sure that any damage to the robot from a fall will only be superficial.
The date of the start of sales has not yet been announced.
“I have expensive cars, I play golf and caress women with large breasts.” One of the leaders of Apple was fired after a bad joke
Apple chief executive Tony Blevins, the company’s vice president of purchasing, is leaving the firm after a rude comment left on the social media platform TikTok.
Daniel Mack, who creates content for TikTok and Instagram, asked Blevins what he does for a living. Mac is a popular tiktoker asking this question to people who drive expensive cars. Blevins was driving a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren valued at $500,000.
Tony Blevins’ answer ended up being the reason for his dismissal: “I have expensive cars, I play golf and caress women with large breasts. But I take weekends and holidays.” The video was recorded at the California Auto Show on August 18 and posted to social media in early September. The 25-second clip got 40,000 likes on Instagram and about 142,000 likes on TikTok. It has been viewed over 1.4 million times.
After Apple became aware of the incident, the company launched an internal investigation, during which Blevins was removed from managing his team of hundreds of Apple employees. An Apple spokesperson told Bloomberg that Blevins is leaving Apple. He issued a statement in which he apologized for his comment: “I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologize to everyone who was offended by my misguided attempt at humor.”
He was forced to leave Apple after working for the company for 22 years. Blevins was one of 30 top Apple executives who report directly to CEO Tim Cook. His job was to negotiate with suppliers to keep their prices low. He has also worked with contract manufacturers such as Foxconn, Pegatron, and other third-party firms that make Apple products.
Presented crossover Ford Territory
Ford has introduced a new Territory crossover, which is a shortened version of the Chinese Equator Sport, but their equipment and engine range are different.
The Ford Territory comes standard with cruise control, blind spot monitoring, a 12-inch infotainment system display and a 7-inch instrument cluster, as well as push-button start, keyless entry and six airbags.
In the older version, a rear-view camera, wireless charging, power seat adjustments for the driver and front passenger, ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, a panoramic VistaRoof and automatic high beams are available.
All versions received one 1.8 EcoBoost turbo engine with 187 hp. with 320 Nm of torque. Gearbox – 7-speed “robot” with two clutches, front-wheel drive only.
The cost of Ford Territory in Mexico ranges from 29 to 35 thousand dollars.
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