‘Engineering reality’ bites into Musk’s autonomous promise

Exaggerating the capabilities of Autopilot could lead to some serious consequences, both for Tesla and its CEO

Corporate earnings calls and meetings with investors represent opportunities for a company to convey updates on its progress. Comments made during these events can either attract or dissuade investments and shape the strategies of other players. So what happens when a chief executive makes untrue assertions during them? Last year, it cost Trevor Milton his job and Nikola Motor a major piece of its GM collaboration. For Tesla and Elon Musk, it may simply prove par for the course.

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