Tesla to build the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery for South Australia

Joey Maceda, writing for Yugatech;

After a bidding war with 91 other international bidders, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is promising to supply South Australia with a 100-megawatt battery before summer. It will be providing improved energy stability for SA, as well as act as a back-up in emergency situations. South Australia has been battling power problems since a statewide blackout in September of 2016.

Elon Musk unveils the first production unit of Tesla Model 3

In a series of tweets, Tesla CEO unveil the first production unit of Tesla Model 3, the most affordable Tesla in the market. The base model of Tesla’s Model 3 will have a starting price tag of US$35,000.

Chris Lattner is Tesla’s Vice President of Autopilot Software

Tesla;

We would like to welcome Chris Lattner, who will join Tesla as our Vice President of Autopilot Software. Chris’s reputation for engineering excellence is well known. He comes to Tesla after 11 years at Apple where he was primarily responsible for creating Swift, the programming language for building apps on Apple platforms and one of the fastest growing languages for doing so on Linux. Prior to Apple, Chris was lead author of the LLVM Compiler Infrastructure, an open source umbrella project that is widely used in commercial products and academic research today.

As Chris joins Tesla, we would like to give a special thanks to Jinnah Hosein, SpaceX’s Vice President of Software, who has been serving a dual role as the interim Vice President of Tesla Autopilot Software and will now be heading back to SpaceX full-time. We would like to thank Jinnah for the efforts needed to achieve excellence in both roles, David Nister, our Vice President of Autopilot Vision, and the team for their exceptional work in advancing Autopilot.

We are very excited that Chris is joining Tesla to lead our Autopilot engineering team and accelerate the future of autonomous driving.

Earlier Chris Lattner wrote his farewell message to the Swift team.

To those who do not know Chris Lattner’s role at Apple, he developed the early versions of Swift, a programming language that Apple developed for developing apps for macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS.

This could be a sign that Apple is exiting the electric car game.

Tesla begins rolling out much-anticipated Autopilot update for its newest cars

Jon Russell, writing for TechCrunch;

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has bold plans for self-driving cars in 2017, and his company took a step towards that goal after it began rolling out a much-anticipated Autopilot update to owners of its newer vehicles.