Tesla Listed As One Of 50 Smartest Companies For 2016

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JUL 5 2016 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 11

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MIT Technology Review released its list of the “50 Smartest Companies” in 2016. Among the 50, we find two automakers listed: Tesla Motors and Toyota.

Tesla placed fourth out of 50 and was noted mostly for its Autopilot technology (and yes, this was decided before the recent high profile Model S accident with Autopilot engaged).

MIT stated:

“This year, Tesla’s Autopilot technology stands out for the way it integrates feedback from a camera, radar, ultrasonic sensors and GPS to aid drivers on highways, help them avoid collisions and assist them in parking. Besides advancing semi-autonomous driving, Tesla is also making electric vehicles more accessible by introducing its most affordable car yet, the $35,000 Model 3.”

Meanwhile, Toyota placed 17th and was cited in several categories: research on mobility, artificial intelligence and robotics and fuel cell advancements. MIT commented:

“The Toyota Research Institute will study the future of mobility, artificial intelligence and robotics. Other recent forward-looking moves include the launch of Mirai, a hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicle for the mass market. Mirai has a range of over 300 miles and emits only water vapor. Toyota is now working on developing a network of affordable hydrogen fuel stations.”

MIT Technology Review editors (close to two dozen of them) selected the companies “that best combine innovative technology with an effective business model.”

Source: Automotive News

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“Tesla placed fourth out of 50 and was noted mostly for its Autopilot technology (and yes, this was decided before the recent high profile Model S accident with Autopilot engaged).”

Apparently, this was also decided before Tesla announced the planned Solar City merger. 😉

True. The ability to bundle Solar, Battery and EV’s into a single purchase, will propel Tesla into a uniquely singular role as a complete energy / transportation solution provider.

+1

Tesla is also smart enough to Tell Autopilot Users to keep their hands on the wheel, to maintain the maximum level of safety, but they could also tell them – that the Autopilot they have is just (like) a Teenage driver, that still needs to be watched, and not to trust ones life with – yet!

“Toyota placed 17th and was cited in several categories [including] fuel cell advancements.”

Perhaps advancing fuel cell tech makes Toyota “smart”, but claiming that “fool cell” cars are the wave of the future, rather than plug-in EVs; and actually putting a fool cell car into production…

The “stupid” seems to vastly outweigh the “smart” here.

“Other recent forward-looking moves include the launch of Mirai, a hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicle for the mass market.” LOL!?

And, we’re told, they are flying off the shelves!
😛

That is because the Shelves are not wide enough, and the Mirai is flying off of them due to those earthquakes they are getting in Japan!
:^)

If so, the planned merger with SCTY is one if the 50 dumbest business ideas for 2016.

You don’t share the Elon Musk vision of saving humanity from fossil fuel addiction because if you did, merging with solar city is brilliant and obvious next step.