Elon Musk claims Tesla Model S Plaid "will read your mind"

Because of course it can

The new Tesla Model S Plaid was revealed at a live event at the Fremont's plant in California earlier this week and as you'd expect, Musk took the stage to make the usual improbable and bombastic claims. This time he also said the Plaid can actually read your mind.

I know Musk is eccentric and used to making these crazy statements but the fact of the matter is technology can, and does, read your mind. So to speak. Our Amazon, Instagram, Google, Facebook (etc.) accounts are constantly reading our mind, in a broad sense, predicting patterns of behavior based on previous interactions and researches. And in fact that's exactly what the Plaid can do. The company says the car memorize your locations and destinations and actually learn to perform basic tasks - like driving itself out of your driveway - on its own, "like it's reading your mind". I don't particularly like to hear that but I can see what they mean.

Other random facts about the Plaid? Well, it has the lowest drag coefficient of any vehicle (0.208), a three-zone climate control, a new 17-inch touchscreen and it can achieve 187 miles of range in 15 minutes. Musk also says Tesla will be "delivering 1,000 cars per week by next quarter" and, you're gonna love this, the Plaid "feels like a spaceship. Words cannot describe the limbic resonance". Whatever that means.

The bad news is the Plaid is going to cost $10,000 more than previously anticipated, it's now priced at $129,990, and the Model S Long Range is also more expensive, with an updated price tag of $88,190, nearly $18,000 more than before.

It has three electric motors, for a combined power output of 1,020 hp, which is more than enough to propel it from standstill to 60 in 1.99 seconds and on to a top speed (with optional wheels that aren't technically available yet) of 200 mph. The range is pretty good: 412 miles for the 'standard' Model S and just under 400 for the Plaid.

The Model S was first unveiled nearly 10 years ago, in 2012, but it has aged gracefully and still looks modern. The company says the Plaid is designed to entice Tesla customers who are currently migrating away from Tesla and Musk added that it "will be faster than any Porsche, and safer than any Volvo".

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Comments (44)

  • Elon is starting to sound a lot like Hammond talking about Lamborghini

      1 month ago
  • Will it make me dinner if I think about it? Oh, or can I get it to go shopping for me? Such a stupid invention. Who honestly needs a car to know what you're thinking? If it can read your mind, is Telsa collecting even more data on you? Sounds like Telsa is opening up a can of worms in privacy law issues.

      1 month ago
    • Glad someone is pointing this out

        1 month ago
    • Having watched the event, this article is really misleading. The car basically can predict if you want to go home or to work or whatever and Elon said it’s like it can read your mind, probably not the best choice of words as it’s easy to skew the...

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        1 month ago
  • So it spies on you like google and it's an electric piece of shit? I'll pass.

      1 month ago
  • What car enthusiast is sold on Limbic Resonance? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      1 month ago
  • Does it make coffee too?

      1 month ago