Friday, October 19, 2018

Blind Item #9

An entire alphabet soup of Feds have been paying much more attention recently to our celebrity CEO and his company. There is a certain, very expensive option, which his company was hyping to customers, for a few extra thousand dollars. The problem was that this option didn't really exist, and never really would. Very recently, the Feds quietly reached out to the company, and told them to end this charade or else. The company just abruptly stopped offering this non-existent option, and may owe consumers hundreds of millions of dollars.

20 comments:

MontanaMarriott said...

Musk and Tesla?

Lindy said...

Alphabet is connected to Google. A clue?

sandybrook said...

Well this alphabet would include these letters FBI and SEC if this BI was true.

DDonna Tarttty said...

This is the self-driving Tesla that apparently does not and will not exist.

Brayson87 said...

An accurate weather app?

Brayson87 said...

Young starlet or musician in the backseat?

Brayson87 said...

+1 DDonna

Tesla starts taking orders for shorter-range Model 3 and drops 'full self-driving' feature

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-tesla-model-3-short-range-20181018-story.html

Posted 14hrs ago

sandybrook said...

Please note that Self-Driving functionality is dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary widely by jurisdiction. It is not possible to know exactly when each element of the functionality described above will be available, as this is highly dependent on local regulatory approval. Please note also that using a self-driving Tesla for car sharing and ride hailing for friends and family is fine, but doing so for revenue purposes will only be permissible on the Tesla Network, details of which will be released next year.

Jay said...

Yes they stopped the option but the math here doesn’t correspond to reality. Hundreds of millions of dollars? This is a shirt seller trying to damage the company. Tesla has sold less than 100,000 model 3s. This option is $3k. So even if every single person purchased it, that would only be 3 million dollars. And obviously the number is MUCH lower, very likely a faction of that amount.

D Brown said...

Cars have been "self driving" since 1948 when cruise control was invented. Much of what is touted today is basically "cruise control 2.0" with sensors and GPS. Drivers who utilize "self driving" without continuing to pay attention are what is known as fatalities.

D Brown said...

@jay 100,000 cars at $3,000 each is $300,000,000.

Lonely Bastard said...

@D Brown.
Was just about to post that myself.

That was some Tesla-like accounting right there.

Freckles said...

The creative genius got creative with the billing

timebob said...

Does this mean my ticket to Mars has been voided?

Brayson87 said...

Eh, still better than faulty air bags or engine blocks that crack or steering columns that self ignite like some other automakers.

Unknown said...

Thats exactly what Tucker did on his cars that got him in trouble. Only he did it backwards, he sold optional accessories for non existent cars. People think that big auto companies wanted to put him out of business but he was doing some pretty shady things.

News said...

up to 300m dollars for something non existent. Amazing marketing

Angela said...

On my browser, the text of the blind item is in black over a white background, with a different font (Helvetica Neue). The guy who copied and pasted the text from a mail to put them in a template just forgot to dismiss style enhancements.

Unknown said...

I feel like its Apple but it has to be something pricey like that or possibly a car company I mean what would be worth shelling extra thousands of dollars housing . resorts VIP I have no idea

mooshki said...

You mean I'm not going to get the flying car that I ordered? DAMMIT!!

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