5 Ways That Engineering At Tesla Is Genius
There are several things that Tesla does as a company that are genius ideas. If you look closely enough and you own a Tesla, you will see this genius shine through. Here's what the genius is:
1: Tesla Has the Best and Brightest
Tesla, as a company, has the best and brightest engineers working for it. These engineers are doing incredible things. Just look at the last AI Day presentation and the work being done on Tesla Bot and Tesla FSD. Both of these technologies are the wild cards for Tesla becoming a mega trillion dollar company.
2: Tesla has incredible predictive behavior when driving
When driving a Tesla, and putting in a route to navigate to, you get some pretty impressive predictability. First, Tesla will guess what your battery will be when you arrive at your destination. This always gives you an idea of where your battery will be at, so you never have to wonder how much it will use.
Second, Tesla factors in elevation in your battery usage when navigating to a destination. This is important because going uphill will use more battery, but going downhill will consume much less battery. In a recent trip I took, I went about 190 miles in my Tesla Model 3 RWD and ended up at 43% battery. That's much more than 272 miles EPA range.
I attribute this to careful and thoughtful driving, and going uphill for the first half of the drive, and then downhill for the second half of the drive. That downhill drive actually caused my battery to gain a lot of range. The second 95 miles took only about 8% of my battery to do because of the downhill.
3: Tesla has incredible engineering and efficiency in their vehicles
Tesla has incredible engineering and efficiency in their vehicles. The regenerative braking is a genius idea. This regenerative braking is what allowed me to exceed much more than the 272 miles EPA range on a recent trip on a distant hike up in the mountains. Going downhill will cause your battery to recharge. Stopping at a stop sign will recharge your battery. Getting off the freeway will recharge your battery. It's just incredible.
4: Tesla FSD has a growing fleet of vehicles feeding it data
Tesla's vehicle fleet and data gathering is second to none. I believe that Tesla can predict battery behavior so well because it knows the elevation from point A to point B in any navigation you put in. Tesla can do this because of the data gathered from all its vehicles. I would not be surprised if Tesla's engineers found a way to calculate elevation increase and decrease from Tesla's fleet of vehicles.
Tesla FSD will continue to improve, like a human learning to drive, with all the data it is getting from its vehicles. In fact, I believe Tesla will wide release by the end of this year and by the end of next year, demonstrate driving far better than the average human. By the end of 2024, I fully expect the first robotaxi to be in service.
5: Tesla Takes on Ambitious Projects
Tesla FSD and Tesla Bot are two of the most ambitious projects I have ever seen. They are incredibly difficult problems requiring a tremendous amount of work and data to accomplish. There are probably even things nobody knows about yet to accomplish them fully.
Tesla is willing to take these on knowing the benefit to humanity and that is something I find admirable and fitting for a company with genius engineers.
If you are fortunate enough to work at Tesla, you are really working on life changing technologies.
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.