Archinect - News 2016-05-24T08:06:48-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149946190/what-are-the-ethics-of-self-driving-cars What are the ethics of self-driving cars? Nicholas Korody 2016-05-19T12:45:00-04:00 >2016-05-23T16:17:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eu/eulwgnocwf6o4ovc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Philosopher Jason Millar claims to have originated the idea of the ethically challenged self-driving car in a 2014 paper on robotics... In the &ldquo;The Tunnel Problem,&rdquo; Millar&rsquo;s driverless car (let&rsquo;s call her Porsche again) is fast approaching a narrow tunnel, the entrance of which is blocked by a child who has fallen in the roadway. The car can either kill the kid or hit the wall of the tunnel, killing the driver (who is really just a passenger).</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Millar insists programmers need to build such scenarios into their code. I imagine them writing something like this:</em></p><p><em>if (kid_in_tunnel &gt; 16) {<br>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;kill kid_in_tunnel;<br>lp &ldquo;We are sorry for your loss.&rdquo;;<br>}<br>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;else {<br>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;kill ass_in_Porsche;<br>lp &ldquo;Serves you right, schmucko.&rdquo;;<br>}"</em></p><p>For more on the fast-approaching world of self-driving automobiles, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943328/a-look-at-the-history-and-future-of-the-american-commute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look at the history and future of the American commute</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945080/germany-s-railway-sees-future-in-harmony-with-driverless-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Germany's railway sees future in harmony with driverless cars</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941412/beverly-hills-wants-to-provide-driverless-cars-as-public-transit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beverly Hills wants to provide driverless cars as public transit</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940475/is-tesla-having-its-iphone-moment-with-the-launch-of-the-model-3 Is Tesla having its "iPhone moment" with the launch of the Model 3? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-13T12:50:00-04:00 >2016-04-13T12:50:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ue/uecl31wwjjte259h.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On March 31, [Elon Musk's] Tesla Motors unveiled its long-promised Model 3, a $35,000 electric car that will go 215 miles per charge. The market response suggests to some the potential as a category killer, not just in electric vehicles, but mainstream cars in general: in the week since, more than 325,000 Model 3s have been pre-ordered by people putting down $1,000 per reservation, the company said April 7. Even deep Tesla skeptics call this demand unprecedented.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the auto industry and car culture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938205/the-impossible-car-faraday-future-s-lead-designer-richard-kim-on-one-to-one-17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a title="Lake Flato Architects splits reservation cost for Tesla Model 3 with employees" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936153/lake-flato-architects-splits-reservation-cost-for-tesla-model-3-with-employees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lake Flato Architects splits reservation cost for Tesla Model 3 with employees</a></li><li><a title="Wired takes a look inside Tesla's car factory of the future" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145592812/wired-takes-a-look-inside-tesla-s-car-factory-of-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wired takes a look inside Tesla's car factory of the future</a></li><li><a title="Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139476208/dawn-of-the-self-driving-car-testing-out-tesla-s-autopilot-function" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function</a></li><li><a title="Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934230/hyperloop-announces-plans-for-first-european-routes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936153/lake-flato-architects-splits-reservation-cost-for-tesla-model-3-with-employees Lake Flato Architects splits reservation cost for Tesla Model 3 with employees Julia Ingalls 2016-03-23T12:39:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T00:38:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i0/i0z0xufm5h5vwgdt.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>San Antonio-based Architecture firm Lake Flato announced that it took upon itself to offer to its employees the opportunity split the $1,000 cost of the reservation deposit for the Tesla Model 3. "As our Teslas and TSLA have been very good to us for the last 3+ years, we felt that it would be a great time to contribute more broadly to the adoption of sustainable transport." -Lake Flato Partner</p></em><br /><br /><p>Health care, a decent salary, and a pretty good deal on one of the globe's most environmentally friendly (and svelte-looking) automobiles: <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/2977679/lake-flato-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lake Flato Architects</a> is setting itself apart in the benefits department by offering to go in on the deposit for a new Tesla with its employees. No word on who's called shotgun yet.</p><p>What else is happening with Tesla? Well, all of this:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145592812/wired-takes-a-look-inside-tesla-s-car-factory-of-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wired takes a look inside Tesla's car factory of the future</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139476208/dawn-of-the-self-driving-car-testing-out-tesla-s-autopilot-function" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126782986/did-tesla-almost-go-bankrupt-without-anyone-noticing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Did Tesla almost go bankrupt without anyone noticing?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145592812/wired-takes-a-look-inside-tesla-s-car-factory-of-the-future Wired takes a look inside Tesla's car factory of the future Alexander Walter 2016-01-12T18:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T21:14:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/fafc853e3544302ba02edc7d2ed6581a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Robots hate litter," reads a health and safety sign. "Please don't give them any more reasons to overthrow mankind." It's also fair to say that naming your robots makes the whole process of constructing cars vaguely ridiculous. "Wolverine and Iceman lift the cars to tramline two," our tour guide informs us with the zeal of a true believer, adding, as he did after virtually every sentence, that this is 'kind of amazing'.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143515625/multitasking-musk-the-busy-life-of-elon-musk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multitasking Musk: the busy life of Elon Musk</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141435421/a-look-inside-tesla-s-growing-gigafactory-it-will-blow-your-mind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look inside Tesla's growing Gigafactory: "It will blow your mind."</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139476208/dawn-of-the-self-driving-car-testing-out-tesla-s-autopilot-function" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143515625/multitasking-musk-the-busy-life-of-elon-musk Multitasking Musk: the busy life of Elon Musk Nicholas Korody 2015-12-16T13:35:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T00:06:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5v/5v04xvam1vzfdhzy.jpg" width="514" height="504" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Elon Musk has plenty of other ideas. If anyone asks and he has a moment to explain, he'll talk distractedly of as-&shy;yet-&shy;unrealized concepts&mdash;a vertical takeoff&shy;-and&shy;-landing supersonic electric jet for long&shy;-distance travel; an entirely new form of transport that he's named the Hyperloop... He is a man with the rare problem of having more ideas for how to radically change our world than the time to realize them. Still, you do what you can. And so this Monday evening, his mind is on space suits.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="A look inside Tesla's growing Gigafactory: &quot;It will blow your mind.&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141435421/a-look-inside-tesla-s-growing-gigafactory-it-will-blow-your-mind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look inside Tesla's growing Gigafactory: "It will blow your mind."</a></li><li><a title="Unpacking the Hyperloop's lofty promises" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136726928/unpacking-the-hyperloop-s-lofty-promises" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unpacking the Hyperloop's lofty promises</a></li><li><a title="Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129714649/elon-musk-launches-hyperloop-pod-competition-to-university-students-and-engineers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers</a></li><li><a title="Challenging the space-age Manifest Destiny narrative, as Elon Musk vies to move humans to Mars" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126901864/challenging-the-space-age-manifest-destiny-narrative-as-elon-musk-vies-to-move-humans-to-mars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Challenging the space-age Manifest Destiny narrative, as Elon Musk vies to move humans to Mars</a></li><li><a title="Did Tesla almost go bankrupt without anyone noticing?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126782986/did-tesla-almost-go-bankrupt-without-anyone-noticing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Did Tesla almost go bankrupt without anyone noticing?</a></li><li><a title="The town that Hyperloop built" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122049432/the-town-that-hyperloop-built" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The town that Hyperloop built</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141435421/a-look-inside-tesla-s-growing-gigafactory-it-will-blow-your-mind A look inside Tesla's growing Gigafactory: "It will blow your mind." Alexander Walter 2015-11-19T13:24:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T22:24:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/706c85abd12d31e6e1ba90f70a4cc009.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Musk had warned me that the scale of the place would be overwhelming. "It will blow your mind. You see it in person and then realize, Fuck, this is big." He was right. It was impossible not to feel awestruck by the sprawling, 71-foot-tall structure stretched out, miragelike, before me as I drove into a shallow canyon. [...] When the Gigafactory is finished, it will be only slightly smaller than Boeing&rsquo;s Everett, Washington, plant, which is the world&rsquo;s largest building by volume.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94500500/tesla-announces-plans-to-build-5-billion-battery-gigafactory" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tesla Announces Plans to Build $5 Billion Battery 'Gigafactory'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139476208/dawn-of-the-self-driving-car-testing-out-tesla-s-autopilot-function" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126782986/did-tesla-almost-go-bankrupt-without-anyone-noticing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Did Tesla almost go bankrupt without anyone noticing?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/139476208/dawn-of-the-self-driving-car-testing-out-tesla-s-autopilot-function Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function Nicholas Korody 2015-10-21T18:48:00-04:00 >2015-10-22T19:23:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f3/f37d5883977b71b6bffbba7a90d33842.jpg" width="514" height="241" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Using cruise control, you can set the [Tesla] to a particular speed and it will accelerate and turn within a lane in a straight line. It will dodge cars attempting to swerve into your lane, objects that it can see, pedestrians or fellow drivers simply trying to swerve into you because you&rsquo;re an obnoxious prick with a Tesla blasting Party Rock Anthem. [...] It can&rsquo;t, however, direct you along every street...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/126782986/did-tesla-almost-go-bankrupt-without-anyone-noticing Did Tesla almost go bankrupt without anyone noticing? Nicholas Korody 2015-05-05T19:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T08:53:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/od/odha88iu5relmwro.jpg" width="514" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Can a high-profile company led by a celebrity CEO come within two weeks of bankruptcy without anyone noticing? In early 2013, ...Tesla Motors came so close to running out of cash that its brash leader, Elon Musk, approached Google about buying the company, according to a new Musk biography. A surge in sales of the company&rsquo;s pricey Model S sedan staved off disaster. Musk broke off the Google talks, no longer needing a white knight. And no one outside the two companies knew about it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/94500500/tesla-announces-plans-to-build-5-billion-battery-gigafactory Tesla Announces Plans to Build $5 Billion Battery 'Gigafactory' Alexander Walter 2014-02-27T15:05:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:01:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4eqlbu2e7d8sfcbi.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Palo Alto, Calif., company outlined plans for a factory that would employ up to 6,500 people and cover as many as 1,000 acres, including solar and wind farms to supply its power needs. It is evaluating sites in Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas, Tesla said in a regulatory filing. The proposed 10 million-square-foot facility would make the powerful and pricey lithium-ion batteries that power its Model S and future vehicles.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On its <a href="http://www.teslamotors.com/blog-and-press-releases" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tesla Blog</a>, the company claims that "by the end of the first year of volume production of our mass market vehicle, we expect the Gigafactory will have driven down the per kWh cost of our battery pack by more than 30 percent."</p><p>Is the electric car not so dead after all?</p><p>See some slides from the 'Gigafactory' presentation below or click <a href="http://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/blog_attachments/gigafactory.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> for the full document.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87532474/why-solarcity-and-tesla-are-going-to-replace-your-utility Why SolarCity and Tesla are going to replace your utility Archinect 2013-11-27T15:00:00-05:00 >2013-11-27T18:13:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/28/28d4e7b3562bc519290858af2bdfe97b.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SolarCity, the Silicon Valley solar installer, has quietly begun to offer some homeowners a lithium-ion battery pack made by electric carmaker Tesla to store electricity generated by their rooftop photovoltaic arrays. Stem, another Silicon Valley company, will sell or lease a $100,000, 54-kilowatt-hour battery pack to businesses so they can arbitrage the grid by storing electricity when rates are cheap and then using that energy when they&rsquo;re high.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/79322115/l-a-to-s-f-in-30-minutes-tesla-s-hyperloop-would-make-ca-s-high-speed-rail-blush L.A. to S.F. in 30 Minutes: Tesla's Hyperloop Would Make CA's High-Speed Rail Blush Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-13T12:43:00-04:00 >2013-08-20T12:40:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jx/jxnri9f66stjd5v0.jpg" width="514" height="177" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hyperloop is a new mode of transport that seeks to change this [transit] paradigm by being both fast and inexpensive for people and goods. Hyperloop is also unique in that it is an open design concept, similar to Linux. Feedback is desired from the community that can help advance the Hyperloop design and bring it from concept to reality.</p></em><br /><br /><p> CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, posted on the Tesla blog his proposal for an alternative to the <a href="http://www.hsr.ca.gov/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California High-Speed Rai</a>l plan, the Hyperloop. The solar-powered transportation system is proposed to function somewhat like a pneumatic tube, where capsules of up to 28 passengers on air-bearings are transported between Los Angeles and San Francisco in about 30 minutes.&nbsp;</p> <p> Read Musk's entire proposal <a href="http://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/blog_images/hyperloop-alpha.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p> Feedback and contributions to the Hyperloop design should be directed to:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:hyperloop@spacex.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hyperloop@spacex.com</a> or <a href="mailto:hyperloop@teslamotors.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hyperloop@teslamotors.com</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/59090446/let-s-build-a-goddamn-tesla-museum-initiative-gets-funded-on-indiegogo "Let's Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum" - Initiative gets funded on Indiegogo Archinect 2012-10-11T13:54:00-04:00 >2012-10-16T18:54:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/77/776a3506d5298a672851e28cf1752c33.jpg" width="278" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We're trying to raise money to buy back Nikola Tesla's old laboratory, known as the Wardenclyffe Tower, and eventually turn it into a museum.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Tesla fans are celebrating the successful funding of their plan to buy back Tesla's laboratory. According to <a href="http://theoatmeal.com/blog/tesla_museum_1m" target="_blank">their website</a>:</p> <p> <em>Even though we've already hit our goal, I plan on letting the campaign run the full 45 days. Every extra penny we earn will go toward restoring the property, building exhibits, and turning this land into something worthy of Tesla's awesomeness. The original goal of $850k was enough money to bid on the property, but it's going to take a lot more to turn it into an actual museum.</em></p> <p> <em>The non-profit behind this endeavor is beginning the process of working with the realtor to make a bid on the property.</em></p>