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Sunday 21 January 2018

Telsa boss blasts Apple's 'self-driving car' plans

Elon Musk of Tesla with Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Elon Musk of Tesla with Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Elon Musk, the outspoken Telsa chief, says that he has nothing to fear from Apple's 'self-driving' car ambitions.

During an interview with a leading German newspaper Handelsblatt the business magnate blasted Apple in relation to their recent 'car-efforts'.

"They have hired people we've fired," he claimed.

He even revealed that he jokingly refers to Apple as the 'Tesla Graveyard'.

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"If you don't make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple," he said.

When asked if he takes Apple's plans seriously, he took a swipe at the California-based company's manufacturing process, which involves Taiwanese contractor Foxconn.

He didn't hold back when asked what German car manufacturers doing wrong, saying that 'they're trying to cling to the past'.

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Musk stated that we've reached the limit of what petrol can do, and it's time to build the next generation of automobiles.

"You see what's happened with the current diesel scandal at Volkswagen.

"In order to make progress, they apparently had to cheat.

"I think if you intentionally mislead governments around the world with software that is designed to only be effective at the test stand, this is a very conscious action," he said.

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