Tesla P90D vs Rimac Concept One vs LaFerrari [quarter-mile][video]

British racer and YouTuber Archie Hamilton went all the way to Croatia in order to put a Tesla Model S P90D and a LaFerrari against Rimac’s Concept_One on the 1/4 mile. Unsurprisingly for those familiar with the all-electric Concept_One, it easily won all the runs.

Rimac founder and CEO Mate Rimac commented on the comparison with the Model S and admitted that it’s not really a fair one:

“Being a family sedan with lots of space and in a completely different price category, this comparison isn’t really fair. But in terms of performance, the Tesla it is the closes thing to the Concept_One in the electric car world. It is an impressive car and performs very well at low speeds. On a full ¼ mile, the difference between the Tesla and the Concept_One is quite large.”

The Model S weighs ~500 kg more than the Concept_One and as Rimac pointed out, it’s not really in the same segment or price range. The Model S P90D costs about $130,000, while the Concept_One costs $980,000.

The Concept_One can accelerate from 0 to 61 mph (100 km/h) in 2,69 seconds and run the quarter-mile in 9,92 seconds.

Rimac explained how he thinks his Concept_One managed to beat the LaFerrari and the Model S:

  1. Tons of power and torque. With four motors outputting 1.600 Nm at almost 0 speed and well over 1.000 hp, the Concept_One has enough torque and power to keep its tires busy even at high speeds.
  2. Cooling. The Concept_One has seven independent cooling systems and several smaller sub-systems. We have worked really hard to maximize the performance for track use and not just for a couple of acceleration runs.
  3. Gearbox. Each of the four motors is connected to an independent gearbox. While the front motors have single-ratio reduction gearboxes, each rear motor has its own two-speed dual-carbon-clutch gearbox. This helps us to have great acceleration while also having a very high top speed. Most importantly, it allows the Concept_One to accelerate very quickly even at high speeds.

The Concept_one has been in limited-production since 2014. It’s not clear how many they have delivered so far, but the company says they have delivered the one in the video to a customer in the US after filming.

via: Electrek

[Jobs] OTTO – Self Driving Trucks

OTTO is a Silicon Valley based company working on SELF DRIVING TRUCKS. Founded by Ex-Google employees Anthony Levandowski and Lior Ron who worked on Google Car and Google Maps respectively. OTTO intends to sell aftermarket kits for the existing trucks rather than bringing all new trucks with self driving technology.Thats a good move to capitalize on the existing market. The company is rapidly expanding it’s employee base. The company’s staff more than doubled from 40 in May to 90 now and further looking to add more talent base. Here is a list of current openings at the company ⇓

Mechanical Engineering

 Serial No.  Job Title  Location  Description / Apply
 1  Drive-By-Wire Engineer  San Francisco  Click Here
 2  Laser Engineer  San Francisco  Click Here
 3   HW Manufacturing Engineer  San Francisco  Click Here
 4  Optical Systems Engineer  San Francisco  Click Here
 5  Sr Fleet Technician  San Francisco  Click Here

 Electrical Engineering

 Serial No.  Job Title  Location  Description / Apply
 1  Analog Engineer Laser  San Francisco  Click Here
 2  Digital Engineer Laser  San Francisco  Click Here
 3  Electrical Engineering Lead  San Francisco  Click Here
 4  Embedded SW Engineer Sensors  San Francisco  Click Here
 5  Embedded SW Test Engineer FPGA  San Francisco  Click Here
 6 Power and Analog Engineer  San Francisco  Click Here
 7  Sensing System Design Engineer  San Francisco  Click Here
 8  Software Engineer Lidar  San Francisco  Click Here
 9  Software Engineer Infrastructure  San Francisco  Click Here
 10  SW Test Engineer Lidar & Automation  San Francisco  Click Here

 Software Engineering

 Serial No. Job Title Location Description / Apply
 1  Computer Vision & 3D Perception  San Francisco /  Palo Alto Click Here
 2 Deep Learning Engineer  San Francisco /  Palo Alto  Click Here
 3  DevOps Engineer San Francisco /   Palo Alto  Click Here
 4  Embedded SW Engineer Robotics  San Francisco  Click Here
 5 Front-End Web Developer San Francisco  Click Here
 6 Mobile Developer iOS & Android San Francisco  Click Here
 7 QA Engineer  San Frsncisco /   Palo Alto  Click Here
 8 Senior DevOps Engineer  San Francisco /  Palo Alto  Click Here
 9 Simulation Engineer  San Francisco /  Palo Alto  Click Here
 10 Software Engineer C++ & Python  San Francisco /  Palo Alto  Click Here
 11 Software Engineer UI QT & OpenGL San Francisco /   Palo Alto  Click Here
 12 Technical Lead    Web & Mobile San Francisco  Click Here
 13  UI/UX Lead Designer San Francisco  Click Here

 General

 Serial No. Job Title Location Description / Apply
 1  Driver – Class A San Francisco Click Here
 2 Junior Accountant San Francisco Click Here
 3  Senior Technical Recruiter San Francisco  Click Here

 Engineering

 Serial No. Job Title Location Description / Apply
 1  Intern Engineering  San Francisco  Click Here
 2  System Admin Linux & Ubuntu San Francisco /   Palo Alto  Click Here
 3 Techincal Program Manager HW & SW  San Francisco  Click Here

 

 

[Jobs] Cruise Automation

Cruise Automation is an American Startup company which builds and sells aftermarket Self-Driving Kits. The RP-1 self-driving kit which can be fitted to any car is retailed at $ 10,000. The company is acquired by GM for $ 1 billion. The company is scaling up rapidly and is looking for new talent. Look below for Current Openings at the company.

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Current Openings

Engineering

 Serial No. Job Title Location Description/Apply
 1 AI/Simulation Engineer San Francisco  Click Here
 2 Computer Vision/ Machine Learning Engineer San Francisco  Click Here
 3  Lead Software Engineer – Android  San Francisco  Click Here
 4 Mapping & Localization Engineer San Francisco  Click Here
 5 Perception Engineer  San Francisco  Click Here
 6 Requirements Analyst  San Francisco  Click Here
 7 Software Engineer – Algorithms San Francisco  Click Here
 8  Software Engineer -Backend & API San Francisco Click Here
 9 Software Engineer – Data Infrastructure San Francisco  Click Here
 10  Software Engineer -Full Stack  San Francisco Click Here
 11  Software Engineer -Systems & Infrastructure San Francisco  Click Here
 12  Software Engineer -(C++)  San Francisco Click Here
 13  Software Quality Manager San Francisco Click Here

Operations

 14  Technical Recruiter  San Francisco Click Here

Scottsdale

 15  AV Trainer Scottsdale Click Here

Testing

 16 AV Trainer  San Francisco  Click Here
 17  Systems Test Engineer San Francisco Click Here

Tesla to unveil ‘Minibus’ and ‘Tesla Semi’ in 6-9 months, production in 2-3 years

In a conference call with analysts today, Elon Musk gave more details on the expected timeline for two major programs he announced last month: ‘Tesla Minibus‘ and ‘Tesla Semi‘. The CEO originally said that we should expect an unveiling of these products next year, but now he clarified and said that we should expect the events to…

via Tesla to unveil ‘Minibus’ and ‘Tesla Semi’ in 6-9 months, production in 2-3 years — Electrek

Design jobs at Tesla Motors

The leading Electric Vehicle manufacturer of the world Tesla Motors is growing exponentially. Recently it commenced operations at its Gigafactory at Nevada,US. Tesla in its Master Plan Part Deux said that it is planning to launch all electric trucks , cargo vans and heavy duty trucks.

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Current Opportunities at Tesla Motors Design Department :

1.  3D Visualization Specialist

The 3D Visualization Specialist is responsible for the creation of computer generated imagery. Primary tasks will involve creating pre-rendered assets for use in marketing materials and in-vehicle interfaces and maintaining vehicle master files for use in real-time review sessions, but will also be called upon for other visualization tasks based on the skillset. This position may also involve R&D in virtual reality.

To apply and for further details CLICK HERE

2. A Class Surfacer

As a senior Class A surfacing specialist at Tesla’s LA Design Studio you will be work on the development of future Tesla vehicles.  You will be part of the team that creates and executes world class interiors and exteriors in terms of form, function and luxury.  You will be primarily tasked to execute A class surfacing for future production cars as well as concept cars, for both interiors and exteriors. You will report to the manager of Exterior or Interior Class A Surfacing Team.

To apply and for further details CLICK HERE

3. CMF Designer

As a CMF Designer at Tesla Motors, you will be part of a creative team that is responsible for designing the future of transportation. You will work to translate trends into award winning designs that inspire customers throughout the world.

To apply and for further details CLICK HERE

4. Executive Assistant, Design

The Executive Assistant role at Tesla goes above and beyond the scope of a typical EA position. You will become the right hand of your executive, always preempting their needs, requirements and constantly being one step ahead of the game. Your role is to take away any tasks possible from their daily role giving them the ability to use their time in the most productive way possible. You should make their everyday work role as easy and seamless as possible which maintaining confidentiality, integrity & professionalism. This specific position spans over more than just your direct exec but also into other design studio management tasks such as helping and supporting the wider team including in particular, the facility director with certain tasks.

To apply and for further details CLICK HERE

5. Retouching & Composition Specialist

The Retouching and Compositing Specialist is responsible for compiling output material into cohesive imagery that portrays an artistic vision. Primary tasks will involve compositing and retouching photos and 3D renders, but will also be called upon for other visualization tasks based on the skillset. The role offers the rare opportunity to take ownership in the development of computer-generated vehicle imagery, so enthusiasm and knowledge of cars is advantageous.

To apply and for further details CLICK HERE

6. Seating Developer Trimmer/Master Trimmer

The seating developing trimmer and master trimmer is responsible for producing trim patterns. Responsible for development of production trim covers and production process development. Should be able to work from concept drawings, CAD data and prototype foams/frames.

To apply and for further details CLICK HERE

7. Senior Engineer Aerodynamics

The Senior Aerodynamics Engineer will be supporting the optimization of the aerodynamic characteristics of Tesla’s vehicles.  Aerodynamics plays a much more important role for electric vehicles than conventional cars, and a higher level of aerodynamic optimization is required, not only for efficiency, but for wind noise and refinement as well.  This enhanced priority empowers the aerodynamicists to push boundaries further.  Achieving this requires working very closely with the Design group, and other engineering groups, ensuring that maximum performance is achieved with minimal compromise to other attributes.

To apply and for further details CLICK HERE

8. Senior Exterior Designer

As a Senior Exterior Designer at Tesla, you will be responsible for the exterior design development of future Tesla vehicles. You will be part of the team that creates and executes world-class exteriors in terms of form, function and luxury. Using your considerable production design experience and innovative thinking, you will primarily be tasked with creating designs for future cars, but may also be called upon for other design tasks (interior, product, etc.) based on your skillset. You will report to the manager of Exterior Design and this position resides in the Los Angeles Design Studio.

To apply and for further details CLICK HERE

9. Senior Human Factors and Ergonomics Engineer

Key objectives will be to achieve high spatial efficiency and excellent ergonomics whilst meeting all relevant legislative requirements. Probably having accrued considerable experience at an OEM, knowledge of, and the ability to correctly interpret current and impending legislation for US and World markets is essential. He/she will be a natural problem solver, an intuitive 3D thinker and a competent Catia V5 user, capable of taking responsibility for and personally creating the complete occupant and interior package to an industry leading standard from the initial conceptualizing phase onwards.

To apply and for further details CLICK HERE

10. Senior Interior Designer

As a Senior Interior Designer at Tesla, you will be responsible for the interior design development of future Tesla vehicles. You will be part of the team that creates and executes world-class interiors in terms of form, function and luxury.

Using your considerable production design experience and innovative thinking, you will primarily be tasked with creating designs for future cars, but may also be called upon for other design tasks (exterior, product, etc) based on your skillset. You will report to the Senior Manager of Interior Design and this position resides in the Los Angeles Design Studio.

To apply and for further details CLICK HERE

Tesla’s Mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

Tesla Motors Master Plan in Elon Musk’s own words

“However, the main reason was to explain how our actions fit into a larger picture, so that they would seem less random. The point of all this was, and remains, accelerating the advent of sustainable energy, so that we can imagine far into the future and life is still good. That’s what “sustainable” means. It’s not some silly, hippy thing — it matters for everyone.” – ELON MUSK

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Here’s what Elon Musk want to say about his Master Plan 

The first master plan that I wrote 10 years ago is now in the final stages of completion. It wasn’t all that complicated and basically consisted of:

  1. Create a low volume car, which would necessarily be expensive
  2. Use that money to develop a medium volume car at a lower price
  3. Use that money to create an affordable, high volume car
    And…
  4. Provide solar power. No kidding, this has literally been on our website for 10 years.

The reason we had to start off with step 1 was that it was all I could afford to do with what I made from PayPal. I thought our chances of success were so low that I didn’t want to risk anyone’s funds in the beginning but my own. The list of successful car company startups is short. As of 2016, the number of American car companies that haven’t gone bankrupt is a grand total of two: Ford and Tesla. Starting a car company is idiotic and an electric car company is idiocy squared.

Also, a low volume car means a much smaller, simpler factory, albeit with most things done by hand. Without economies of scale, anything we built would be expensive, whether it was an economy sedan or a sports car. While at least some people would be prepared to pay a high price for a sports car, no one was going to pay $100k for an electric Honda Civic, no matter how cool it looked.

Part of the reason I wrote the first master plan was to defend against the inevitable attacks Tesla would face accusing us of just caring about making cars for rich people, implying that we felt there was a shortage of sports car companies or some other bizarre rationale. Unfortunately, the blog didn’t stop countless attack articles on exactly these grounds, so it pretty much completely failed that objective.

However, the main reason was to explain how our actions fit into a larger picture, so that they would seem less random. The point of all this was, and remains, accelerating the advent of sustainable energy, so that we can imagine far into the future and life is still good. That’s what “sustainable” means. It’s not some silly, hippy thing — it matters for everyone.

By definition, we must at some point achieve a sustainable energy economy or we will run out of fossil fuels to burn and civilization will collapse. Given that we must get off fossil fuels anyway and that virtually all scientists agree that dramatically increasing atmospheric and oceanic carbon levels is insane, the faster we achieve sustainability, the better.

Here is what we plan to do to make that day come sooner:

Integrate Energy Generation and Storage
Create a smoothly integrated and beautiful solar-roof-with-battery product that just works, empowering the individual as their own utility, and then scale that throughout the world. One ordering experience, one installation, one service contact, one phone app.

We can’t do this well if Tesla and SolarCity are different companies, which is why we need to combine and break down the barriers inherent to being separate companies. That they are separate at all, despite similar origins and pursuit of the same overarching goal of sustainable energy, is largely an accident of history. Now that Tesla is ready to scale Powerwall and SolarCity is ready to provide highly differentiated solar, the time has come to bring them together.

Expand to Cover the Major Forms of Terrestrial Transport
Today, Tesla addresses two relatively small segments of premium sedans and SUVs. With the Model 3, a future compact SUV and a new kind of pickup truck, we plan to address most of the consumer market. A lower cost vehicle than the Model 3 is unlikely to be necessary, because of the third part of the plan described below.

What really matters to accelerate a sustainable future is being able to scale up production volume as quickly as possible. That is why Tesla engineering has transitioned to focus heavily on designing the machine that makes the machine — turning the factory itself into a product. A first principles physics analysis of automotive production suggests that somewhere between a 5 to 10 fold improvement is achievable by version 3 on a roughly 2 year iteration cycle. The first Model 3 factory machine should be thought of as version 0.5, with version 1.0 probably in 2018.

In addition to consumer vehicles, there are two other types of electric vehicle needed: heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport. Both are in the early stages of development at Tesla and should be ready for unveiling next year. We believe the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate.

With the advent of autonomy, it will probably make sense to shrink the size of buses and transition the role of bus driver to that of fleet manager. Traffic congestion would improve due to increased passenger areal density by eliminating the center aisle and putting seats where there are currently entryways, and matching acceleration and braking to other vehicles, thus avoiding the inertial impedance to smooth traffic flow of traditional heavy buses. It would also take people all the way to their destination. Fixed summon buttons at existing bus stops would serve those who don’t have a phone. Design accommodates wheelchairs, strollers and bikes.

Autonomy
As the technology matures, all Tesla vehicles will have the hardware necessary to be fully self-driving with fail-operational capability, meaning that any given system in the car could break and your car will still drive itself safely. It is important to emphasize that refinement and validation of the software will take much longer than putting in place the cameras, radar, sonar and computing hardware.

Even once the software is highly refined and far better than the average human driver, there will still be a significant time gap, varying widely by jurisdiction, before true self-driving is approved by regulators. We expect that worldwide regulatory approval will require something on the order of 6 billion miles (10 billion km). Current fleet learning is happening at just over 3 million miles (5 million km) per day.

I should add a note here to explain why Tesla is deploying partial autonomy now, rather than waiting until some point in the future. The most important reason is that, when used correctly, it is already significantly safer than a person driving by themselves and it would therefore be morally reprehensible to delay release simply for fear of bad press or some mercantile calculation of legal liability.

According to the recently released 2015 NHTSA report, automotive fatalities increased by 8% to one death every 89 million miles. Autopilot miles will soon exceed twice that number and the system gets better every day. It would no more make sense to disable Tesla’s Autopilot, as some have called for, than it would to disable autopilot in aircraft, after which our system is named.

It is also important to explain why we refer to Autopilot as “beta”. This is not beta software in any normal sense of the word. Every release goes through extensive internal validation before it reaches any customers. It is called beta in order to decrease complacency and indicate that it will continue to improve (Autopilot is always off by default). Once we get to the point where Autopilot is approximately 10 times safer than the US vehicle average, the beta label will be removed.

Sharing
When true self-driving is approved by regulators, it will mean that you will be able to summon your Tesla from pretty much anywhere. Once it picks you up, you will be able to sleep, read or do anything else enroute to your destination.

You will also be able to add your car to the Tesla shared fleet just by tapping a button on the Tesla phone app and have it generate income for you while you’re at work or on vacation, significantly offsetting and at times potentially exceeding the monthly loan or lease cost. This dramatically lowers the true cost of ownership to the point where almost anyone could own a Tesla. Since most cars are only in use by their owner for 5% to 10% of the day, the fundamental economic utility of a true self-driving car is likely to be several times that of a car which is not.

In cities where demand exceeds the supply of customer-owned cars, Tesla will operate its own fleet, ensuring you can always hail a ride from us no matter where you are.

So, in short, Master Plan, Part Deux is:

Create stunning solar roofs with seamlessly integrated battery storage
Expand the electric vehicle product line to address all major segments
Develop a self-driving capability that is 10X safer than manual via massive fleet learning
Enable your car to make money for you when you aren’t using it

via: www.tesla.com