Bloomberg Discusses Elon Musk’s Response To Tesla Model S Ad In Palo Alto Daily


This is the ad and Musk's response.

This is the ad and Musk’s response.

Bloomberg discusses Elon Musk’s response in regards to the Ad in the Palo Alto Daily…But in our view, Bloomberg handles this one very poorly.

The 3 gentlemen talked briefly about the ad, which Elon Musk agrees with.

From there, they went on to discuss other unrelated topics, while mostly taking cheap shots towards Tesla Motors.

The discussion at one point focuses on how the Model S does not have voice activated dialing, but afterwards it’s claimed that every voice activated system used did not cooperate.

A comment that we would like to correct, the Model S is Tesla’s second vehicle, the Roadster being the first vehicle.

Bloomberg further added about Tesla’s “issues” as Edmunds and Consumer Reports had a few quibbles, including up to new drive units needed. Tesla recently took care of this issue as well extended the 8 year unlimited mile warranty (85 kWh) to the drive units. (more on that here)

Another interesting bit of information in regards to Tesla Motors, which basically contradicts some of what Bloomberg states, can be found here.

Basically, Bloomberg flat out missed the boat this time around.

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23 Comments on "Bloomberg Discusses Elon Musk’s Response To Tesla Model S Ad In Palo Alto Daily"

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It is a little unfortunate that people have to resort to a large ad in order to be heard by an auto company. About 20 years ago I wrote a letter to GM about my car (which I was happy with) about what I considered needed improvements (like rear-seat headrests). I got a rather insulting reply from my dealer telling me that the GM engineers were much smarter than I was. Of course I never dealt with that dealer again.

Companies want to produce products. But not a lot of them want the products, or those buying them, to talk back at them. They just want to have a steady stream of product shipment and re-orders. When products talk back, companies need to do a good job of listening. I worked at a software company that at one time, I tried to talk to an engineering manager on an improvement to the product and they basically said the same thing – that the engineers know what the customers want. That company eventually was bundled up and sold to another big company to reap the software maintenance contract money.

You wrote a letter to GM, or to your dealer?

Speaking as an engineer, we do know best. LOL, J/k.

Seriously though, I do get feedback from my customers, builders, and service techs all the time. Some of their ideas do bear merit, some of them are just complaining for the sake of complaining, some are due to lack of understanding/training, and others are not feasible ideas at all. Everybody has an idea, but all the ideas do not always agree w/each other.

2013 had so many more changes, than 2014. I suppose we’re due.

Guys grumbling because they Missed the buying opportunity.


I agree about voice dialing. Who the hell uses this?

I laugh about the sales comments. Are they just looking at US sales?

I also laugh at the comment about “long in the tooth”. The car is only 2 years old as far as deliveries go, and those were some very minor deliveries in the beginning.

My Jaguar 2011 had voice dialing and command, my 2015 Jaguar dies not, they got so many complains that they deactivate the function, in fact many owners of 2012 models with voice command after dealer firmware update got the function deactivated.

Model S has voice commands for making calls to any of you phone contacts by their name. It just does not understand calling by you saying the digits of the numbers. I am sure they will add that later.

Hmm, found this from an owner:

“Hold the button down while speaking and you have three options; 1. “Navigate to” an address, a place or anything, 2. “Listen to” or “Play” an artist or a song (but not a station like AM,FM, XM, 106.5 etc.) and, 3. “Call” a name, a place or a phone number. One of the easiest and most intuitive voice commands in any car I’ve owned… long as you remember to hold the button during your command and release it when finished speaking.”

Maybe the people taking the add out just didn’t know how to use it.

I use voice dialing all the time. And voice command to do lots of other things too.

And so those most people I know who actually spend some time on the roads (both if it’s for a personal or professional reason, even though the professionals use it more).

For me it could definitely be a deal breaker to not have a good voice activation and voice dialing. And it’s definitely something that I research before getting a new car.

I have no idea what any of my friends phone numbers are. So even if I had voice dialing, I would have to get my phone out to look up their #’s.

And as long as your phone is paired, all of your contacts are available from the right buttons and thumb wheel on the steering wheel. Both the phone pairing and voice activation far exceed the functionality of our Volt, which I thought was decent before we got the Tesla.

In our Volt, my wife has used voice dialling through Bluetooth. She found it worked reliably. Usually a named contact but one number.

Part of the “long in the tooth” comment is resonant with this Tesla owner. Though it’s really about features that are available in other high end autos or should be in the Model S right now. The nav system, even with the changes in new firmware just rolling out, is still well behind the state of the art. There is still no adaptive cruise control. Some long promised features are still not here – like valet mode. And the long ago (but conveniently forgotten) promise of a developer’s kit for car apps. (Yes, there are lots of issues there but it was a promise.) And, perhaps the most disappointing, there are some features that would put Tesla well ahead that don’t exist. For example, being able to compute energy needs for a programmed destination. Factoring in temperature, terrain, wind and driver behavior, the car could tell us with decent accuracy how far it can go on the current charge. There are apps that can do much of this right now but it belongs in the car. Right now, I find myself charging more than I need because I don’t want to get caught short. This really is needed to get… Read more »

My Jaguar XKR $110K no voice dialing, not blind spot monitor, low def rear camera and I love it. But I love my Tesla even more.

Whiners! Seriously, guys – You have a tool in your toolbox that does what NO OTHER TOOL in your box can – That is, get you to your place of destination using zero gas. If you have other tools in your toolbox that are capable of this at lesser levels – like a LEAF, i3 or Volt, you know HOW GOOD THE TESLA REALLY IS! Why? Because the Tesla takes you farther, faster, smoother and better than they do. So here we have numnuts on Bloomberg that do zero research and badmouth Tesla. Gee, that’s newsworthy….? Some guy who doesn’t bother to discover Model X coming out in a few months, yet blatantly says on national TV, that Tesla’s product is getting long-in-the-tooth and has no other models coming out… I don’t know why Musk deals with Bloomberg, as they come off acting like fools. Note to self: Don’t listen to Bloomberg for investment advice! These guys don’t do their homework. For Teslaguy or anyone else to critique Model S, a brand-new model from a brand-new company that does it’s main job – traveling over the road from point A to B far better than any of it’s rivals –… Read more »

I use voice dialling in my Volt, though it doesn’t work too well at high speed when the tire noise is too much for it.

Wondering, if Tesla can put all these missing but absolutely needed features by Model 3 time frame. That would be like 2017-2018.

The only feature that’s “absolutely needed” that is lacking on this website, is an automatic ANTI TESLA TROLL beeper and highlighter – So I’ll do that for them…

We SEE THROUGH your increasingly inane and
absurd commentary daily as you have a bone to pick but nobody’s listening.

Really lame commentary. Uninformed.

I’m no Tesla fanboy, but I find it interesting that people love to hate this company and its products.

The car that was vaporware and was never going to happen, happened. Not only did it happen, it became the best car.

The shortcomings mentioned are so trivial considering a few years ago the entire car was viewed as science fiction that would never happen and never sell.

There’s a reason that I no longer watch Bloomberg. Besides the fact that their commentators are usually ill informed (as in this case), their comments, presented as facts, are not necessarily accurate.