BILLIONAIRE Elon Musk has revealed plans to make new Tesla Roadsters that can hover.
He made the revelation on one of Joe Rogan’s podcasts and talked about how thrusters could help a car to hover.
Musk revealed big plans for the new Tesla cars[/caption]
Musk was talking to Rogan about upcoming Tesla Roadsters in a new episode of the Joe Rogan Experience.
Speaking on the Spotify podcast that was released this Thursday, Musk said: “I want it to hover, and I was trying to figure out how to make this thing hover without, you know, killing people.
“Maybe it can hover like a metre above the ground, or something like that.
“If you plummet it’ll blow out the suspension but you’re not gonna die.”
The new Roadsters should come out next year[/caption]
With the new Roadster set to hit the market in 2022, we could be hovering about in Tesla cars pretty soon.
However, the daring plans are likely to get some pushback from safety regulators.
Musk’s redesigned Model S sedan and Model X SUV announced in January were reportedly a surprise to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The controversy surrounded the U-shaped yoke steering wheel designs that break the mould of traditional steering wheels we see in our regular cars.
Musk defended the steering wheel on Rogan’s latest podcast by saying that the style was used in Formula One.
Rogan responded: “But you’re not on the highway in a Formula One car.”
Then Musk mentioned Tesla’s autopilot and joked about not needing to use the steering wheel.
The billionaire has also previously spoken about how he’d like to add a rocket thruster feature to the second-generation Tesla Roadster for speed purposes.
As CEO of SpaceX he certainly does know a thing or two about rockets.
Who is Elon Musk?
Here’s what you need to know…
Elon Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1971.
As a 12-year-old child he taught himself computer programming and sold the code of a video game to a PC magazine for $500 (£300).
At 17, he moved to Canada to study, before gaining two degrees in physics and business at the University of Pennsylvania.
At the age of 24 he moved to California to start a Ph.D. in applied physics and material science at Stanford University – but left the programme after just two days to pursue other projects.
Now 49, he is the founder and CEO of SpaceX, co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, co-founder and chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of Opan AI, co-founder of Zip2 and founder of X.com, which merged with PayPal.
He’s also working on a human brain chip project called Neuralink.
His stated aim is to reduce global warming and save humans from extinction by setting up a colony on Mars.
The billionaire inventor is also working on the world’s largest lithium-ion battery to store renewable energy.
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In other news, Bill Gates has said that he believes the greatest future threats to humanity are climate change and bioterrorism.
Elon Musk has warned that humanity may wipe itself out before his aerospace company SpaceX has a chance to colonise Mars.
And, Musk wants to send humans to Mars as early as 2024 aboard one of the huge rockets.
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