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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Teases Model X-Inspired Minibus; Autopilot Defense Puts Blame On Brakes

  • Mary Heart , Design & Trend
  • Jul, 31, 2016, 08:38 PM
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(Photo : Getty Images/VCG / Stringer) Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has teased about his company's upcoming minibus.

Amid the ongoing controversy Tesla is facing regarding its Autopilot feature, Elon Musk recently took to Twitter to dish out some very interesting details about his company's upcoming minibus. 

"Some good guessing by @Jalopnik. Tesla's minibus will be built on a Model X chassis. People density potential is surprisingly high," Musk tweeted Friday. 

Musk's tweet was his response to Jalopnik's Jason Torchinsky's report on the Tesla CEO's Master Plan, Part Deux.

In his report, Torchinsky made a good deduction that the Model X would be the best inspiration for Musk's planned minibus.

Although it is now clear that Tesla has plans of manufacturing technologically advanced minibuses, Musk left out the important detail about the vehicle's release.

There is a possibility that Tesla is just waiting for state and federal regulators to enable fully autonomous vehicles on the road, but this would take a couple of years to happen, according to Teslarati

In related news, Musk recently spoke about Tesla's Gigafactory, and he told the media reporters at his press conference that the enormous structure is like the Wild West.

Interestingly, Musk noted that Tesla's Gigafactory is not just going to be a battery factory, but a product in itself.

"We consider [the factory] to be a product. The factory itself is the machine that builds the machine. It actually deserves more attention from creative problem solving engineers than the product that it makes," Musk said as quoted by CNBC.

Nonetheless, the ultimate goal of the Gigafactory is to mass-produce affordable batteries for Tesla's cars and giant batteries for industrial and commercial establishments, as well as residential spaces. 

Meanwhile, Tesla continues to face the controversy involving a fatal crash that has put its Autopilot feature under the microscope.

The latest development in this story has to do with Tesla putting the blame on the brakes instead of the Autopilot feature. 

However, Kelley Blue Book senior analyst Karl Brauer has told The New York Times that Tesla's argument is not that believable, given that both the Autopilot and the automatic brakes have connected functions.

"Those systems are supposed to work together to prevent an accident. But either the car didn't know it had to stop, or it did know and wasn't able to stop. That involves Autopilot and the automatic braking," Brauer said. 

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