The Falls of Tesla as a Company in Recent Months
This company, often on the cutting edge, has taken a few steps backward in recent months.
LatinAmerican Post| Juan Manuel Londoño
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Tesla is one of the most important companies in the world and with good reason. Elon Musk's baby practically single-handedly popularized electric cars in the United States, transforming them from futuristic technology to a consumer good like any other, and even a symbol of status and luxury for some. Today, there are more than 3,500 Tesla charging stations for electric cars around the world, of which 1,200 are in the United States, and all this is an indisputable achievement of the company.
However, in recent months, this technology giant has made certain mistakes that have turned the eyes of the world on the company. Proof of this is the 575 billion dollar stock loss that the company faced last month, as investors' patience wore thin with some of Elon Musk's management decisions, particularly with his purchase of the social media network Twitter. Today we want to tell you about some of the most recent.
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Musk and his strange relationship with working at home
Recently, Elon Musk gave his workers an ultimatum: go back to the office, or you're out of a job. In an email to the Tesla team with the subject "remote work is no longer acceptable," the tycoon clarified that he needs his team for a minimum of 40 hours a week in the office.
This decision seems to go against what other technology giants think, such as Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, whose company adopted a 100% virtual model for all its workers.
Although it is true that virtual work is not without problems, the truth is that it has several benefits for workers such as increased productivity and improvements in quality of life.
Reports of “Ghost Brakes”
On the more technological side of Tesla's problems, hundreds of users have reported peculiar problems in their vehicles in recent weeks. 758 users, to be exact, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported an unexpected activation of their brakes in certain models of the 2021-2022 model year. And these are just the cases that were reported to this entity.
This unexpected activation of the brakes happens automatically when the vehicle system detects that the vehicle may collide with an object and tries to avoid it. As can be inferred, it can have fatal consequences for users.
This function is part of Tesla's "Full Self Driving" or "Full Autopilot" technology, which according to critics " gives users the false feeling that it is a full autopilot." This technology is still in its beta state, and Tesla makes this clear on its page. However, reports such as those from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration call into question how far this message is being conveyed.
Finally, it is worth clarifying that Elon Musk himself has criticized the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, calling them the "fun police" on more than one occasion.