The Drive: Elon Musk Is The Second Most Influential Person In The Automotive Industry

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Musk At The Model 3 Unveiling, Sharing About The Gigafactory

Musk At The Model 3 Unveiling, Sharing About The Gigafactory

The Drive published an article with their take on “The 10 Most Influential People in Automotive Technology”. The list has some surefire expected entries, like Elon Musk and John Krafcik, as well as some surprises, and many would argue that still some substantial people are missing.

No list can be all encompassing, and The Drive shows a method to the madness. This is their opinion though, not ours, and regardless, it’s interesting to see The Drive’s take on the current state of auto tech, and the explanations behind each choice.

Apple CEO Tim Cook On The List As Well?

Apple CEO Tim Cook On The List As Well?

Tesla CEO Elon Musk came in at number two, second only to John Krafcik, CEO of Google Self-Driving Cars.

While the Krafcik name is one that may not be known be many outside of the auto circle, Musk is a name most people have heard at this point, regardless of whether or not they are EV buffs. He is very active on social media, Tweeting often, rarely hesitates public appearances, and has even been on TV and in movies. Musk has made a name for himself in ventures outside of autos as well. The Drive explained:

The South African founder of Paypal, SpaceX, and Tesla may not make the best cars, or even all that many of them, but there isn’t a car manufacturer in the world that wouldn’t trade entire divisions for just a glimpse into the crystal ball of internet money man, space pioneer, Bond villain, and battery visionary Elon Musk.

Surprisingly, Tim Cook came in third on the list even though Apple has made no public mention of an Apple Car. Sure, Apple is working CarPlay and other auto-related apps that may change the future of auto tech, but third overall? Add to this that the article also placed Apple chief design officer Jony Ive on the list.

The list is complete with Gran Turismo designer, Kazunori Yamauchi, and video game creative director Dan Greenawalt of Forza fame. Others include those involved in navigation apps, engineering, and car-sharing services. It seems like the goal of The Drive was to cover all facets of the “future” auto revolution with the list. As vehicles, communication, and mobility are ever-changing, it takes expertise in all areas to accelerate growth and success.

Source: Drive

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17 responses to "The Drive: Elon Musk Is The Second Most Influential Person In The Automotive Industry"

  1. Interesting … Top-3 on the “Most Influential Person In The Automotive Industry” list are all located in the Bay Area of California’s Silicon Valley. 😉

    Says something of the geographic influence shifting to the west coast.

    Who and where did #4 & #5 rank on the list?

    1. Anon says:

      *nods* Desirable, American paradigm-breaking cars don’t come from Michigan anymore…

    2. ModernMarvelFan says:

      ” in the Bay Area of California’s Silicon Valley. ?”

      I thought Elon Musk actually lives right near LA and only visit Bay Area when there are problems with Tesla ramp up…

    3. ModernMarvelFan says:

      “Who and where did #4 & #5 rank on the list?”

      If you had clicked on the list, you would have know the whole story and why this list is completely stupid.

      #4 and #5: The list is complete with Gran Turismo designer, Kazunori Yamauchi, and video game creative director Dan Greenawalt of Forza fame.

      Yeah.. a video game designer is 4…

  2. Joe Lopez says:

    Elon should be #1 Human being on earth right now! LOL… list of biases is what that is.

  3. Nemo says:

    I think it’s commonly felt that Tesla in fact does make the best cars.

  4. Mike says:

    What about the ex-CEO of VW? He has probably done more to kill the disiel car than anyone else. Clean disiel my a**!

  5. Errollus says:

    Come oooon! Is this joke? Elon is far and away the most influential person in the auto industry . Who the hey has even heard of john krafshiik. Why do they do this? Who paid who? Again, come ooooon!

    1. Priusmaniac says:

      +10000

  6. JimGord says:

    Elon is the real number 1
    Krafcik has produced nothing that is ready for prime time (and never will be)

  7. Stimpy says:

    What a joke that #1 pick is. A vapor ware product is most influential? SMH

  8. mxs says:

    LOL … yeah, keep believing that the IT geeks run the automotive industry.

  9. Josh Bryant says:

    They also have a list of top 10 in the business of cars which is better (still not good). http://www.thedrive.com/the-drive-50/3389/the-10-most-influential-people-in-the-business-of-cars

    Musk is on the top of that list. Barra is inexplicably #10. Toyota (world’s largest automaker) is not on the list. Ghosn is not on the list.

    This must be a publication written by 19 year-olds in their parents basement.