Elon Musk’s Crash Course in Self-Driving Technology

Elon Musk’s Crash Course in Self-Driving Technology

Based on reporting by New York Times journalists Cade Metz and Neil Boudet, Elon Musk’s Crash Course zeroes in on Elon Musk, the world’s richest person and CEO of Tesla, and his claims about self-driving cars.

The latest in a series of films from The New York Times Presents, Elon Musk’s Crash Course is directed and produced by Emmy-winning journalist and filmmaker Emma Schwartz, and it reveals the quixotic nature of Musk’s pursuit of self-driving technology and its tragic results.

Elon Musk made his name and fortune taking bold risks and betting on the impossible. But Musk’s pursuit of self-driving cars has put them on a crash course with business realities and the limits of technology.

The film, available on FX and Hulu, uncovers what many former Tesla employees have to say about Musk’s claims, and the culture he has created at the self-described tech company. Is Silicon Valley’s era of “move fast and break things” really over? 

“With self-driving cars, Elon Musk was selling a promise that was a long way off.” Emma Schwartz

What is Covered: 

00:00 – Trailer for Elon Musk’s Crash Course. 
03:10 – What the film is about. 
06:14 – The main findings of the investigation into self-driving cars. 
09:00 – Autopilot vs driver’s assistance. 
15:05 – The concerns of Tesla’s former employees for self-driving car technology and safety. 
18:40 – The US Government’s response to fatal crashes of Tesla cars. 
20:50 – Clip 1: Conversation with Elon Musk after the tragic death of Josh Brown.  
23:30 – How Musk’s previous successes might affect his promises for self-drive technology. 
30:00 – The role of media in boosting technology gurus and their bold announcements. 
34:08 – How far we are from self-driving cars future. 
37:03 – The vision behind The New York Times Presents series. 
42:22 – Clip 2: Autopilot software engineer on the AI recognition problems in self-driving cars. 


Elon Musk’s Crash Course (2022)
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