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Arun Nunna
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It would be a great development
Arun Nunna   2/21/2014 12:38:28 AM
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The automotive industry has been more or less same interms of energy efficiencies for around past 100 years. With this huge increase in the energy usage, the mankind has to come with disruptive technologies to increase the usage of every ounce of energy source, efficiently.

What better than Apple - Tesla tie up or other relation can start the change, other than some start up inventions. Looking forward to marriage between great minds who strive for perfection

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prabhakar_deosthali   2/21/2014 9:56:16 AM
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If at all it happens, I mean if at all Tesla goes for a sale, then it should not go any of the auto companies .  Tesla has made a unique space for itself as a technology leader in EVs and its marriage with Apple will boost that image further and something revolutionary will happen  in terms of an EV with all kind modern features which Apple will be able to implement.

This will be a marked distance away from those BMWs or Mercedes which are trying only incremental features in their luxury cars.

With Tesla and Apple coming together , such modern technology cars can become an affordable solution for the IT savvy young population.

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Partial Investment
tb100   2/21/2014 1:10:06 PM
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Why does everyone assume Apple is going to buy Tesla entirely? Why not just a partial investment, in exchange for Apple handling the computer interface?

Have you seen the inside of a Tesla S? The dashboard is just this large flat touchscreen. Normally I would think that this would create terrible driver distraction, but apparently they've done it right with minimal, large buttons on the touch screen when you are driving.

But coming up with this interface and adding new functionality to it probably requires a large staff of dedicated programmers, and nowdays it needs to tie into a cloud infrastructure to allow advanced Internet functions. It can become a never-ending game of catchup. And this team needs to be really good at intuitive and non-distracting user interfaces to keep the drivers' eyes on the road. Apple could easily fill this role.

Looks like a perfect match.

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Tesla+Apple, the new iCar
TarraTarra!   2/21/2014 4:39:32 PM
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Its Friday! The new iCar which would be developed by Apple and Tesla would be as follows:

 

- Only 3 colors would be available - All White, black and a special gold

- A lower cost iCar would offer more colors but would only go 20miles on a charge

- All buttons on the dash would disappear to be replaced by a single button. Users would miss the convinience of multiple buttons but be grateful for the priviledge of using the iCar

- Newer iCars would be carved out of a single block of aluminum. Don't know why that is better but Ive's sharp accent would convince everyone that it is cool.

- iCar production would move to China. Workers and their families would now live inside unfinished iCars till they were complete.

- Newer iCars would change the charger heads. If you had wired your house for a previous generation iCar, you will happily pay $2999 to have it wired for the new iCar.

- While rival cars from Korea would have radar based hands-free driving, iCar fanatics would vehemently defend the lack of cruise control on the iCar deeming it as unnecessary.

- All iCars would come with a back-seat driver called Siri

 

 

 

 

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Re: Tesla+Apple, the new iCar
Bert22306   2/21/2014 4:59:56 PM
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You forgot one.

Since Apple has determined that existing roads are inefficiently designed, the new iCar will only travel on Apple roads. But all the Apple fanboys are happy, assuring us that these are the roads of the future anyway.

Honestly, I can see no combination better than Tesla and Apple, to get the press all a-twitter.

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Re: Partial Investment
Caleb Kraft   2/21/2014 5:01:33 PM
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I loved the tesla model S. However, I hated that giant ugly flat panel. Its like our display devices haven't caught up to the elegance that is designed into the dash or something. It stuck out like a sore thumb.

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Caleb Kraft   2/21/2014 5:04:00 PM
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I can't even imagine apple buying tesla completely. While it is cute to talk about and imagine the internet buzzing about, it just seems incredibly unlikely. It would be much more feasible to assume apple would invest and contribute some design, or possibly improve the interface.

 

Imagine, for example, their partial ownership of pixar. We didn't see iMovies and there was no apple lock in.

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Re: Tesla+Apple, the new iCar
Caleb Kraft   2/21/2014 5:05:59 PM
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I was going to comment that my ipod would play anything, and I loaded music on it using a 3rd party application. However, I'm not sure if you can do that anymore. Can you use anything other than itunes to put music on an apple product now? I love my iphone (yes, yes, I've tried android phones, MANY of them), but I HATE itunes.

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Re: Tesla+Apple, the new iCar
tb100   2/21/2014 5:10:11 PM
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I'm partial to iDrive.

 

Added:

Looks like last April 1st, Apple already came out with iDrive! All they need do is port it to the Tesla:

http://inhabitat.com/idrive-apple-releases-new-device-that-will-turn-any-car-into-a-driverless-vehicle/

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Re: Tesla+Apple, the new iCar
Bert22306   2/21/2014 5:18:01 PM
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I was actually referring to iPhones and iPads summarily dropping Flash, *the* de-facto standard still today, with some concocted excuse about inefficiency, and a promise that the world was moving to HTML5 anyway.

Don't know the answer to your question. What I do know is that some Internet radio stations do not use MP3, AAC+, Real, or WMA, so they won't play on devices that don't also support Flash and Silverlight. I can sort of see the problem faced by designers of single-purpose, low cost Internet appliances. What I can't buy is the attitude Apple had when they dropped Flash.

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