Tesla's Elon Musk Reminds Media His Cars Can Spy On Them
As noted by my colleague Joann Muller, electric car maker Tesla is experiencing some road rage over a review in the New York Times that faulted its model S's performance in cold weather. Reports Muller: In a series of tweets and then in a phone call to CNBC, [CEO Elon] Musk blasted reporter John Broder’s damaging review of the plug-in sedan in last Friday’s New York Times, saying the car died because the reporter didn’t follow the company’s test-drive instructions. And Musk claims he has proof: “Vehicle logs tell true story that he didn’t actually charge to max & took a long detour,” according to one tweet. Musk told CNBC that Broder took “an extended tour through Manhattan” and at times drove “10 miles or above the speed limit.” The most interesting tweet to me was the one captured above, where Musk refers to Tesla's ability to monitor everything that a driver does in one of its cars -- at least when it comes to the car's operation. "Tesla data logging is only turned on with explicit written permission from customers," tweeted Musk. "But after Top Gear BS, we always keep it on for media."