I’m sure the analysts will write essays for the reason, but it’s obvious to me: feature creep. All gamers know the situation when a game is added more and more features while the core game is not working properly and unbalanced and the whole thing is a mess. Only noob devs and Star Citizen level scammers do that nowadays. Anyone better than that makes the game working.
Elon Musk is a visionary. Having visions is called delusion. The guy clearly doesn’t belong to where he is any more than Elizabeth Holmes does. He drives Tesla into feature creep that cannot end any other way than the obvious.
Tesla is an electric car. Period. That’s the product. A car that runs on batteries. That’s it. Everything else is not Tesla, it’s ingredient that he should buy on the market. It’s obvious that Tesla doesn’t make toilet paper used in the company bathroom. But it’s equally obvious that Tesla shouldn’t work on self-driving cars or fully automated car factories or touchscreen drive console or any other crazy nonsense Musk introduces.
Not because these are bad ideas, but because they are not the product any more than the toilet paper in the offices. Someone else who specializes in that should make a self-driving system and if it proved itself, Tesla should license it and include it to their cars, just like any other car manufacturer. Self-driving has nothing to do with the power system of the car, it can be added to a petrol car just as well as an electric. Hell, you could add it to the feet-powered cars of the Flintstones. Same for the touchscreen or the manufacturing automation. If they work, they should buy them from the market. If they don’t work, he shouldn’t bother with them, because it’s not his damn job. His job is to make electric cars. Something he fails to do, producing 7%!!! of the cars he planned, due to the “synergy” of unfinished technologies. Making a good electric car is hard enough, no point making it harder by adding an infant self-driving computer and a bunch of robots that haven’t been used even in much simpler petrol cars.
I hope he won’t get investor money (good luck with that with B3 risk class papers), or only gets it on the condition of him stepping down from management. All the feature creep should be thrown out and all focus should be on making electric cars.
By the way he collected $1B from future buyers as pre-payment for cars he didn’t built and with the current rate won’t build over a decade. Maybe we should check if he is really a guy and not just Chris Roberts with a good mask.