Tag: transport

Tesla: All Our Patent Are Belong To You

Friday, 13 June, 2014 0 Comments

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has announced that the company will let anyone use its patented technology: “Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.”

The devil is in the details, however: “Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.” But what does “in good faith” mean here exactly?

The Google Car

Wednesday, 28 May, 2014 0 Comments

No steering wheel, no accelerator and no brake pedal. That’s the Google Car. It’s got a stop and go button, though. What we’ve got here is a smartphone version of a car.

In case you’ve forgotten what happened in 2008, here’s WALL-E.

Liz Gannes: “It’s entirely driven by computers. To head off any concerns of malfunctioning robots hurtling you toward imminent doom, Google has made the car look cute and cuddly from the outset. Because of the compact, round frame of the prototype with built-in sensor mounts, Google says the car has virtually no blind spots.”