This Week in Cars: Elon Musk and the Future of Tesla

If any one thing launched Tesla’s meteoric rise from a small Silicon Valley startup to one of the world’s most famous and exciting companies, it’s Elon Musk. Every scrap of news about the company now makes headlines, as its outspoken, tweeting CEO struggles to turn a profit. But, whew, even by his standards, this week was a biggie for Musk … again. After a questionable announcement via Twitter that he’s considering taking Tesla private, the Securities and Exchange Commission is reportedly investigating him. Investors have filed four lawsuits, so far. Rapper Azealia Banks is somehow involved, and furious.

None of that, though, stopped Musk’s Boring Company from announcing plans to build a tunnel to LA’s Dodger Stadium. And amid the noise, Google sister company Sidewalk Labs revealed more details about its scheme for building the city of the future, starting with Toronto. It was a doozy of a week, and not just for Elon. Let’s get you caught. up.

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Stories you might have missed from WIRED this week

Ummmm, What’s Azealia Got to Do With This? Of the Week

Not a whole lot, but more than anybody expected at the start of this week. Until the rapper began recounting a very strange weekend in Elon Musk’s mansion, waiting to record a song with Musk’s girlfriend, the musician Grimes. The Times breaks down a very strange saga.

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News from elsewhere on the internet

  • Remember when Uber dominated the headlines? It may have lost its place as media favorite to Tesla, but it’s still working to refresh its image with new hires, as Reuters reports, and actually make a profit ahead of a public offering, due next year.

  • Residents and tourists in Santa Monica had a taste of life in the olden “pre-scooter” days on Tuesday, when Bird and Lime deactivated their services in protest at city plans to prefer Jump for an official pilot program. (Jump is owned by Uber.) “Don’t let a #LifeWithoutScooters be the future.” Lime tweeted.

  • Los Angeles became the first US city to install body scanners on its subway this week. The portable devices are designed to catch weapons and explosives.

  • Forbes speculates that NYC’s cap on Uber style ridesharing might not work in other cities, as The Guardian reports that London’s mayor wants the power to do so in his jurisdiction.

  • Is Elon Musk crazy? No, according to Kara Swisher’s latest in The New York Times. He is just an “impulsive and driven boss who runs a very hot and messy kitchen and does not spend a lot of time apologizing for it.”

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