Tesla is open to software licenses and the supply of powertrains and batteries. We are just trying to accelerate sustainable energy, not crush our competition!
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 29 juillet 2020
Additionally, one of Musk’s followers had asked if Tesla’s autopilot could be shared with other automakers for the purpose of not only accelerating the load towards semi and fully autonomous driving. Musk simply replied, “Of course,” indicating that there didn’t seem to be any boundaries as to what Tesla would be willing to share with its “competitors,” as capitalism would call them.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 29 juillet 2020
For me, I found this simple “Sure” response to be one of the most interesting Tweets in Musk’s illustrious Twitter career. Not only did the CEO make a lot of my friends and I and myself laugh because of his great sense of humor, but his digs into other companies, as well as some of the more ironic he said, have always intrigued me.
When he said, “Of course,” all I was thinking about was the lawsuit Tesla is currently holding against an Xpeng engineer who previously worked for Tesla.
For those of you who are not familiar, Tesla sued engineer Xpeng Cao Guangzhi, who worked for Tesla earlier this year.
Guangzhi allegedly stole pieces of Tesla’s autopilot source code and attempted to sell it to Xpeng for financial gain. Guangzhi had downloaded parts of the code to his personal laptop and then shared it through Apple Airdrop, which is difficult to track due to the encryption Apple uses. However, he assures that he removed it from his personal laptop before leaving Tesla to join Xpeng.
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The case is still ongoing.
But what I found most interesting about Musk’s simple one-word answer was the fact that he said he would be willing to share Autopilot developments with other automakers. But it seems like it needs to be done in a good and harmless way, not a sly way. This is completely understandable, in my opinion.
If Guangzhi did what Tesla accuses him of doing, that would be really devious and flawed. Tesla is the leader in semi-autonomous driving thanks to the developments of its Artificial Intelligence team, led by Andrej Karpathy. What sets Tesla apart from all other autonomous driving companies is the fact that it is continuously improving thanks to the company’s neural network. As information is communicated to the neural network with every Tesla vehicle on the road, the company’s autonomous driving software becomes more sophisticated and accurate as it can predict the next movements of drivers around a car. .
If this source code were to be leaked or given to another company, it could hurt Tesla’s lead in the self-driving world. I am delighted to see how the matter unfolds.
More recently, Tesla sued Rivian for poaching former employees and stealing trade secrets. Interestingly, I had time to read several pages of Tesla’s complaint to Rivian, and some employees openly admitted to taking confidential documents when they left Tesla.
I am a big fan of Rivian. I think RJ Scaringe, the CEO of the company, is a brilliant person who has a lot of potential to do amazing things. I have recommended a few friends to invest in an R1T instead of buying a Cybertruck as they don’t like the Tesla pickup design. But anyway, it seems from my understanding of the legal documentation, that it will be up to Tesla to prove that Rivian asked these employees to take things and that they openly go after former Tesla employees. . I think this will be a tough cookie to break.
But anyway, Rivian didn’t go straight to Tesla for help. I think if they needed help with electrification or the autonomous code of conduct, they should have contacted Elon directly.
Elon has said for years that Tesla’s biggest enemy isn’t the competitors who develop sustainable electric vehicles. The companies that pose the greatest threat to Tesla are the greatest threat to all of us, who are the ones who refuse to adapt to the sustainable transportation revolution. Companies that want to develop and improve internal combustion engine machines are a threat. Not financially, but environmentally, as they ignore the apparent crisis in the world.
Does it seem like Elon wouldn’t be willing to help other automakers develop their vehicles if they asked for help? I do not think so. Personally, when I look at Musk’s mission, I see a man who is interested in collaborating with anyone and everyone, as long as he is willing to admit that his push for sustainability is the goal and not the backburner.
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