Elon Musk is denying a report that James Murdoch is the top choice to be Tesla’s new chairman (TSLA)

Elon Musk just denied a report that James Murdoch is top choice for the next chairman of Tesla. The FT has reported that Murdoch, the CEO of 21st Century Fox was favored for the role, but Musk pushed back via Twitter. “This is incorrect,” the Tesla CEO tweeted, without elaborating. Musk has been forced to vacate the role as part of a settlement with the SEC that is also seeing him pay a $20 million fine over his abortive effort to take Tesla private. Elon Musk has denied a report that James Murdoch is the top choice to be the next chairman of Tesla. On Wednesday, The Financial Times reported… Read More

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Self-driving car startup Aurora becomes Pennsylvania’s first “authorized” tester

Aurora, the buzzy self-driving car startup, has become the first company officially authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to test its vehicles on public roads. Aurora has been testing its autonomous vehicles on public streets in Pittsburgh since late 2017. And other companies such as Argo AI also test autonomous vehicles there. So receiving an “authorized tester” designation might seem a bit backwards. Welcome to the wacky world of autonomous vehicles where the state and local agencies are often playing policy catch up to technological advancements. Pennsylvania, and specifically Pittsburgh, is already a hotbed of AV testing and research with Carnegie Mellon University, Aurora, Argo AI and Uber ATG… Read More

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