Originally published on CleanTechnica.
Edit: Note that a commenter has included a picture of Steph Curry, his wife, and his daughter in a Model X. Seems like a legit story.
The prominent NBA basketball player Stephen Curry reportedly just bought a Tesla Model X, going by a recent article published on Seeking Alpha.
While the article did note that a Tesla salesperson had revealed to the writer that the customer just preceding the writer was in fact Curry, the focus of the article is on the company’s Autopilot software, so not much else was written in the recent article on the subject.
After looking around some, I haven’t been able to confirm the news, but it shouldn’t be too surprising (if true), as Tesla has established quite a name for itself lately. Many famous athletes, actors, and singers — such as Akon, as Akon expressed at length to CleanTechnica director & chief editor Zach Shahan — have become huge Tesla fans.
The rest of the article on Seeking Alpha was fairly interesting as well, so seems worth posting an excerpt from here:
Well, if it’s good enough for Steph, then it’s good enough for me.
Last week, I received a call from Elon Musk’s office to test the company’s self-driving technology embedded in their new vehicles for readers of the Diary of a Mad Hedge Fund Trader. I did, and prepare to have your mind blown!
I was driving at 80 MPH on CA-24, a windy eight-lane freeway that snakes its way through the San Francisco East Bay mountains. Suddenly the salesman reached over and flicked a lever on the left side of the driving column. The car took over!
There it was, winding and turning along every curve, perfectly centered in the lane. As much as I hated to admit it, the car drove better than I ever could. All that was required was for me to touch the steering wheel every five minutes to prove that I was not sleeping.
The cars do especially well in rush hour driving, as it is adept at stop and go traffic. You can just sit there and work on your laptop, read a book, or watch a movie on the built in 4G WIFI HD TV.
Certainly an enthusiastic review of the Autopilot feature. Despite the occasional issue, I’m inclined to agree with the writer of the above article — the Autopilot feature does a notably better job driving on the highway or freeway than the vast majority of drivers do….
I’m aware that some people disagree on that count, but my personal experience is that people are terrible drivers — and that current autonomous driving technology can often do a far better job.