Tesla boss Elon Musk called a scammer by CEO who says his Master Plan is tripe

A software engineer and CEO has called Tesla chief Elon Musk a "scammer" and said his "Master Plan" for the car manufacturer is a load of tripe.

Ahead of Elon Musk announcing the third part of his Master Plan series at Wednesday's Tesla Investor Day at its Gigafactory in Texas, founder of The Dawn Project Dan O'Dowd went in hard on the billionaire's pledges.

Ahead of the Investor Day, Tesla has said it will share details about its next-generation vehicle platforms, which Musk has said would produce a vehicle about half the cost of Tesla's current offerings.

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But O'Dowd said "Tesla is not even close to achieving any" of the goals set out in Musk's Master Plan Part Deux, released in 2016.

In that plan, Musk said he wanted to: "Create a low volume car, which would necessarily be expensive. Use that money to develop a medium volume car at a lower price.

"Use that money to create an affordable, high volume car. And…Provide solar power. No kidding, this has literally been on our website for 10 years."

O'Dowd said: "No doubt, on March 1, when Elon Musk publishes his Master Plan Part 3, he will claim to have met all his objectives laid out in Master Plan Part Deux. Then he will announce a new set of worthy goals that he will never achieve.

"Will people see through him this time, or will they once again laud Master Scammer Musk for the awesome things he can’t do?"

Commenting on whether Tesla has achieved any of the goals laid out in Master Plan Part Deux, Dan continued: "Tesla is not even close to achieving any of these goals.

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"Self-Driving is a disaster. According to one of Full Self-Driving’s greatest advocates it will 'randomly try to kill you. This is a when not an it.'

"A dozen companies around the world are delivering full self-driving cars, while Tesla’s Full Self-Driving requires a driver to be alert at all time to prevent it from killing someone.

"Full Self-Driving makes critical driving errors 1,000 times more often than its competitors."

O'Dowd is an entrepreneur and CEO with over 40 years’ experience in designing and writing secure, safety-critical software.

He has built operating systems for the US military’s fighter jets and some of the world’s most trusted organisations such as NASA, Boeing and Airbus.

In 2021, O’Dowd founded The Dawn Project, which campaigns to ensure all software in safety-critical infrastructure is secure and to make computers safe for humanity.


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