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Tesla Autopilot Sex Act: Elon Musk Courts Controversy

Tesla has already made it clear that its assistive autopilot technology can’t be used without driver’s input

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has courted fresh controversy after approving adult actor Taylor Jackson’s sex act with a man in the driver’s seat while riding an Autopilot-enabled Tesla car.

Jackson uploaded the act on adult entertainment portal pornhub and tweeted: “Holy shit, I made @Tesla the #1 search on pornhub.”

Musk, who is facing scrutiny from the US regulators over his irresponsible tweets, invited fresh controversy with his tweet.

“Turns out there’s more ways to use Autopilot than we imagined,” he replied to Jackson late on Thursday. “Shoulda seen it coming.”

His tweets sparked jokes, memes, GIFs and criticism on the micro-blogging platform.

“I love Teslas, but I honestly hope you don’t do that again. Life is a gift and it’s often too short to do risky stuff,” tweeted a user.

Porbhub also tweeted: “Reporting you (Jackson) to Elon for not having two hands on the wheel with autopilot enabled.”

All autopilot crashes so far involved human drivers willing to control the vehicle at any time and yet couldn’t stop the accidents.

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A Telsa car recharges at a Tesla charging station in Charlotte, N.C.. VOA

A pedestrian was killed in 2018 by a self-driving Uber while the driver was watching content streaming service Hulu.

Tesla has already made it clear that its assistive autopilot technology can’t be used without driver’s input.

Tesla is also being sued by the family of Wei “Walter” Huang, a software engineer who died when his Model X with Autopilot crashed into a highway safety barrier in 2018.

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On the other hand, after weeks of negotiation with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over his controversial Twitter activities, Musk has agreed to more specific oversight on his tweets about the company.

According to the settlement reached between the two parties, all tweets from Musk about Tesla’s financial health, sales or delivery numbers would have to be pre-approved by a company lawyer.

But a tweet on a sex act inside a Tesla? No clarity on that. (IANS)

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Usage of Lithium-ion Batteries Revolutionizing the World

Lithium-ion Batteries have revolutionised Technology in the World

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A Lithium-Ion Battery for Samsung Mobile Phone. Wikimedia Commons

Be it smartphones, notebooks or electric cars, lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized our world, laying the foundation for a wireless, fossil fuel-free society, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said on Wednesday while awarding the 2019 Nobel prize in Chemistry to John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino.

The Li-ion technology is currently the best performing technology for energy storage based on batteries. Li-ion batteries are used in small electronics (smartphones, laptops etc) and are also the best options for electric cars.

In the 1970s as the world stared at oil crisis, Whittingham from Binghamton University in the US, American professor and solid-state physicist Goodenough (currently at the University of Texas at Austin) and Japanese chemist Yoshino advanced the development in the field through the 1980s.

Since Lithium is the lightest metal, using lithium ions made batteries lighter.

The lithium-ion batteries were launched commercially by Sony and Asahi Kasei Corporation in 1991.

Today, the race is on among the stakeholders to find a battery that can let users enjoy time on their devices without worrying about the charge.

Researchers from the University of Alberta recently developed a new battery technology that could provide 10 times more charge capacity compared to the lithium-ion power packs.

This battery technology utilizes silicon nanoparticles as an electrode for the lithium-ion batteries. Silicon is abundant, and the substance only costs around a third of the price of high-purity graphite, which sells for more than $10,000 per metric ton.

Going forward, smartphones will sport graphene batteries that charge swiftly, and will mark a quantum leap from the fast charging technologies and the current default of lithium-ion batteries.

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Elon Musk, a technology entrepreneur in the above picture. IANS

When it comes to electric cars, Elon Musk-run Tesla has achieved great deal of efficacy in this field and is now aiming to create a lithium-ion battery that can run a car or an electric truck for over 16 lakh kms.

Current Tesla cars can achieve about 8 lakh kms out of their batteries before they face any serious problem.

A new research paper from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada has claimed the Jeff Dahn-led team is close to creating a lithium-ion battery that can run a car for over 1 million (over 16 lakh) miles.

For more than a decade, Tesla engineers have been obsessed with making the world’s most efficient electric vehicles.

As a result, Tesla vehicles already travel farther on a single charge than any other production EV on the market.

Model S and Model X cars can achieve nearly 600 kms and 525 kms per charge on a 100 kWh battery pack.

Tesla’s choice of cylindrical cells sets it apart from other EV players. The company also uses a liquid-cooled thermal management system to manage battery temperatures whereas other automakers take a more economical air-cooling approach.

By adjusting the temperature of the battery pack, Tesla is able to ensure that cells are operating in their most efficient and optimal states, thereby maximizing battery longevity as well as performance.

It has been argued that lithium will be one of the main objects of geopolitical competition in a world running on renewable energy and dependent on batteries.

Current research areas for lithium-ion batteries include life extension, energy density, safety, cost reduction and charging speed, among others.

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Research has also been under way in the area of non-flammable electrolytes as a pathway to increased safety based on the flammability and volatility of the organic solvents used in the typical electrolyte. (IANS)