Tesla has a nice headstart in the high-tech electric car market, but the company may soon face some tough competition from two of the biggest giants in Silicon Valley. Apple and Google are both gearing up to offer their own vehicles, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk offered his thoughts on both potential rivals in a recent interview.
Speaking at Recode’s Code Conference, Musk essentially dismissed both potential competitors. For Apple, the issue may simply be that it waited too long. The company’s first car likely’s won’t arrive for at least a few more years, and by then it might be too late.
“I think it’s great they’re doing this, and I hope it works out,” Musk said. “It’s just a missed opportunity,” he added, pointing to the rumored 2020 launch date.
As for Google, Musk argues that the search giant is unlikely to challenge Tesla directly. “Google’s done a great job at showing the potential of autonomous transport, but they’re not a car company,” he said. “So they’d potentially license to other companies. I wouldn’t say they’re a competitor.”
Musk also touched on a handful of other interesting topics, including cyborgs, artificial intelligence and whether we’re all living in a simulation. Watch the full interview via the source link below.