Veering Off Once celebrated like a pop star, Dieter Zetsche is about to start sputtering, as an ambitious Chinese investor rides shotgun and traffic cops in the US and Germany investigate Dieselgate. Published on March 9, 2018 5:20 pm His mustache might be a few decades out of date, but that doesn’t stop Dieter Zetsche from being one of Germany’s most hip and celebrated executives. Wherever he goes, people line up to take selfies with the 64-year-old engineer, who has led Daimler, the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, since 2006. At public events he often appears in jeans, wearing sneakers instead of black leather shoes. Mr. Zetsche is Mr. Laid-Back, who has turned a battered brand into a world-beater. Mr. Zetsche, known as “Dr. Z” in the US, has overcome Daimler’s past mishaps, including costly ventures into aerospace production and the takeover of Chrysler. He made Daimler sell the US carmaker in 2007 for a fraction of the purchase price, losing … [Read more...] about Mercedes-Benz boss faces crash test
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Much of the endless stream of chatter surrounding Tesla lately has centered around topics other than what the company actually sells.Tesla’s plans to slash 9 percent of its workforce have featured prominently, as has the dating life of its founder, Elon Musk. There’s also much to discuss when dealing with Tesla’s financial health. According to data compiled by Bloomberg last month, the company burns through more than $7,430 every minute, and free cash flow—the amount of cash a company generates after accounting for capital expenditures—has been negative for six consecutive quarters. That negative amount reached a bloated $1 billion when Tesla reported earnings May 2.So I wanted to write a column about something the company continues to get right: cars. Tesla may not have intended its up-to-seven-person sedan to be a car that makes you want to drag race at every stoplight, but that’s exactly what it is. Last week, I tested the … [Read more...] about With More Self-Driving Tech, Is Tesla Ruining What’s Best About the Model S?
A Tesla vehicle caught fire, apparently “out of the blue,” while sitting in California traffic. Video of the incident has been shared by US actress Mary McCormack whose husband was in the electric car at the time. McCormack said her husband was in traffic on Santa Monica Boulevard when the vehicle suddenly caught fire. There was “no accident” and the blaze came completely “out of the blue,” she said. @Tesla This is what happened to my husband and his car today. No accident,out of the blue, in traffic on Santa Monica Blvd. Thank you to the kind couple who flagged him down and told him to pull over. And thank god my three little girls weren’t in the car with him pic.twitter.com/O4tPs5ftVo— Mary McCormack (@marycmccormack) June 16, 2018 Passersby flagged down the driver who then got out of the vehicle. Video recorded at the scene shows flames shooting from underneath the parked car. The electric car did not have an autopilot feature … [Read more...] about Tesla car catches fire ‘out of the blue’ in California traffic (VIDEO)
THIS is the moment Mary McCormack's husband director's Tesla car burst into flames. Sharing the video on Twitter, the West Wing star told her followers how a fellow motorist urged him to pull over after seeing a problem. She said: "@Tesla This is what happened to my husband and his car today. "No accident, out of the blue, in traffic on Santa Monica Blvd. "Thank you to the kind couple who flagged him down and told him to pull over. "And thank god my three little girls weren’t in the car with him." Her husband was travelling in West Hollywood at the time when the shocking incident took place. Eventually firefighters arrived and put out the fire. Responding to the footage, Tesla claimed the incident was "an extraordinarily unusual occurrence". An investigation is now underway. MOST READ IN NEWSEATEN ALIVE Mum's body cut from belly of 27ft python - after snake swallowed her whole CAMERA SLY Police speed camera operator reveals just how easy it is to get caught BLOW-UP TROLL … [Read more...] about West Wing star Mary McCormack films terrifying moment her husband’s Tesla car ‘spontaneously’ burst into flames while in traffic
The Tesla Inc. Model X that crashed in California earlier this year while being guided by its semi-autonomous driving system sped up to 71 miles an hour in the seconds before the vehicle slammed into a highway barrier, investigators said Thursday.U.S. National Transportation Safety Board issued a preliminary report on the March 23 crash showing that the driver’s hands were detected on the steering wheel only 34 seconds during the last minute before impact.The investigation is the latest to shine a spotlight into potential flaws in emerging autonomous driving technology. Another NTSB probe of a self-driving Uber Technologies Inc. car that killed a pedestrian March 18 in Arizona found that the car’s sensors picked up the victim, but the vehicle wasn’t programmed to brake for obstructions.Walter Huang, a 38-year-old engineer who worked at Apple Inc., died in Mountain View, California, in the March 23 crash when his Model X struck the barrier as he was using the … [Read more...] about Tesla Model X in California Crash Sped Up Prior to Impact