Probably the most envied people group on the planet. The people who you look at and think:
Man, if only I could be like them.
Well, now you can. (Kinda — read on to find out what I mean).
You see, billionaires don’t become billionaires simply by waking up one morning and deciding, “Today, I will become a billionaire.”
If only it were that easy.
What really happens: these people have a plan. An extremely detailed, meticiously created plan for success. They have strict guidelines they live by, and (almost) never deter from.
Right about now, you’re probably thinking that it would be super-cool to know what exactly these guidelines are.
And now, you can. Over the years, multiple billionaires have been free and generous with their advice, and I’ve collected 50 such lessons from said billionaires and put them together in this post (along with a little implementation advice for each one).
By following these billionaire tips, I guarantee* that you’ll become a billionaire (or, in the very least, a successful entrepreneur).
*Legal disclosure: I am not liable in the event that you follow these tips and do not see 9-figure returns. But, y’know, I’m rooting for you.
Shall we begin?
1.”Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” — Bill Gates
So, so true. Your company’s most unsatisfied customers — the ones who are downright disgusted with your product — are the ones who know your product’s flaws best.
Find them. Learn what they hated about their purchase and what changes they would recommend, then take their advice and build a better product.
2. “Rule #1: Never lose money. Rule #2: Never forget rule #1.” — Warren Buffet
Anything that makes your business lose money is no good. If you aren’t seeing returns from a strategy, either improve it dramatically or throw it out the window altogether.
Not my idea. Warren Buffet’s.
3. “You can’t just ask customers what they want and then give it to them. By the time you build it, they’ll want something new.” — Steve Jobs
This man, having been the founder of Apple and all, ought to have known a thing or two about the relationship between innovation and customers. Pretty soon, there will probably be more iPhone models around than you can shake a stick at (don’t shake sticks at iPhones, though — that’s weird).
While your customers’ recommendations are no doubt crucial to improving your product, you can’t build in every single thing that would be “nice to have”. Instead, when innovating with your product, you need to focus on adding the features that you think will have the greatest impact on increasing its value.
Note: this tip isn’t contradictory to tip #1. Unsatisfied customers don’t tell you what they want, they tell you what they hate (instead of creating new features, you’re fixing broken ones).
4. “In business, by the time you realize you’re in trouble, it’s too late to save yourself. Unless you’re running scared all the time, you’re gone.” — Bill Gates
When in business, worry. Pessimism can help you identify potentially troublesome areas in your business.
5. “A business absolutely devoted to service will only have one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly huge.” — Henry Ford
Your customers = your #1 focus. Never lose sight of that.
6. “When you’ve got 10,000 people trying to do the same thing, why would you want to be 10,001?” — Mark Cuban
Innovation is who we are as entrepreneurs. We’re entrepreneurs because we’re trying something new. We’re trying to be different.
Keep being innovative, and never fall prey to profit-sucking, product-duplicating cycle of same old, same old.
7. “As much as you need a strong personality to build a business from scratch, you also must understand the art of delegation. I have to be good at helping people run the individual businesses, and I have to be willing to step back. The company must be set up so it can continue without me.” — Richard Branson
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8. “In your company or industry, work every job in that industry. It’s the only way of having a complete understanding of your people and your company.” — John Catsimatidis
Before hiring employees to run your business, remember to try your hand at the work of every job possible in your company. It gives you a better understanding of how things work in your business and how to streamline its efficiency.
9. “Ten minutes are not just one-sixth of your hourly pay; ten minutes is a piece of yourself. Divide yourself into ten units and sacrifice as few of them as possible in meaningless activities. Most things still remain to be done.” — Ingvar Kamprad
Wasted time is the enemy. When you’re working on your business, put everything else away and concentrate on what needs to be done.
Email, close. Facebook, close. Twitter, close.
10. “When there is a crisis, that’s when some are interested in getting out and that’s when we are interested in getting in.” — Carlos Slim Helu
Don’t be afraid to delve into an industry/niche that seems to be going downhill. Just make sure you do your research beforehand so you know you have the ability to turn things around with your company.
11. “Never count on making a good sale. Have the purchase price so attractive that even a mediocre sale gives good results.” — Warren Buffet
Pricing is one of the most important aspects of your business. Don’t wing it. Find the perfect balance, where any sale — good, bad, or mediocre — can give you good results.
Pssst: that means doing a ton of CRO.
12. “A good businessman must have nose for business the same way a journalist has nose for news. Once your eyes, ears, nose, heart and brain are trained on business, you sniff business opportunities everywhere.” — Orji Uzor Kalu
Becoming a businessman (especially if you worked a job in an unrelated field before becoming an entrepreneur) is a huge learning process. It involves training a whole new mindset focused on business opportunities, so don’t worry if you aren’t instantly able to do what all entrepreneurs/businessmen are supposed to be able to do.
13. “While strategy, market positioning, and coming up with a long-term plan are all important, focus on making the individual sales and creating happy customers. None of that strategic planning is any good if you can’t keep the lights on because you’re not making enough sales.” — Tej Kohli
I think we’re beginning to see a trend here. If you haven’t noticed it yet, it’s happy customers = profits.
Each and every sale + new customer should take supreme importance in your company.
14. “If you want to succeed, you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” — John Rockefeller
Another trend: be innovative. Try new things. 99% of the time, the beaten path is not the one worth following.
15. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk … In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” — Mark Zuckerberg
Business is all about risks: knowing which ones to refuse and which ones to take. If you never take a gamble, you’ll never strike it big.
16. “There are no shortcuts. NONE.” — Mark Cuban
That fancy new get-rich-quick scheme that practically the entire shady side of the Internet seems to be peddling? It doesn’t work. Stay away. Stick to hard work and lots of effort.
17. “The most meaningful way to differentiate your company from your competitors, the best way to put distance between you and the crowd is to do an outstanding job with information. How you gather, manage and use information will determine whether you win or lose.” — Bill Gates
Gather as much information as you can about your industry, your competitors, your company, and your customers and use it to better your business.
19. “When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for people telling you that you are nuts.” — Larry Ellison
When people tell you that your business idea is crazy, that’s a good thing. Embrace your lunatic status, and keep at it.
20. “If your cash is about to run out, you have to cut your cash flow. CEOs have to make those decisions and live with them however painful they may be. You have to act and act now; and act in the best interest of the company as a whole, even if it means that some people in the company who are your best friends have to work somewhere else.” – Larry Ellison
If you’re currently faced with a painful decision, choose the path that will leave your business better off in the long term. Yes, sometimes it’s hard, but nothing ever worth doing is easy.
21. “The man who comes up with a means of doing or producing almost anything better, faster or more economically has his future and his fortune at his finger tips.” — J. Paul Getty
Constantly innovate with your production process. If you can produce an equal product faster and/or cheaper than your competitors, you’ve got it made.
22. “Somebody once said that in looking to hire people, look for three qualities; Integrity, intelligence and energy.” — Warren Buffet
If your new employee doesn’t have the first quality, the latter two could end up harming, instead of benefiting, your business. Integrity is one of the top things you should look for in all job candidates.
23. “The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all but goes on making his own business better all the time.” — Henry Ford
Yes — knowing about how your competitors work and what they do is important. But what’s so much more important is how your company does things. Focus on the latter, and then start worrying about the former.
24. “Business is a cobweb of human relationship.” – Henry Ross Perot
Can someone say CUSTOMER SERVICE again?
25. “When you’re green, you’re growing. When you’re ripe, you rot. Are you green and growing or ripe and rotting?” – Ray Kroc
Try stuff that’s new. Delve into the unknown — the things that you have absolutely no experience in. Then, and then only, can you start to learn.
26. “There has to be a balance in life. A balance of business, family, and the opportunity to learn and teach.” — Chuck Feeney
Your company is never the most important thing in life. Your family and the people around you: that is what’s important.
27. “Invest in yourself and the people you believe in.” — Patrick Soon-Shiong
Spending money on yourself is not wasting money. You must invest in yourself to see returns in your business — whether that investment means the new computer that will help you work better or more time for you to spend doing the things you love outside of business.
28. “Try to never to be the smartest person in the room.” — Michael Dell
If you’re slightly confused at this quote, no problem. I was too when I first read it.
But what Dell is really saying here is to surround yourself with people who are smarter, more experienced, and generally better than you. Surround yourself with experts, and soon you’ll be one yourself.
In practical application, that could mean joining elite circles (like paid high-level forums, for instance) in your industry and networking (interviewing, exchanging guest blog posts, etc.) with some of the big names in your niche.
29. “The next day after I got fired, literally the next day, I started a new company.” — Michael Bloomberg
Bloomberg’s first job out of school was at Wall Street, where he stayed for 15 years until the day he was fired. Know what he did the very next day? Started a new company.
The lesson in that is not to start new businesses willy nilly. Instead, it’s that you should never let yourself get down after what seems like a failure on the surface. If Bloomberg had never been fired, he probably would have never gotten the opportunity to become worth $33 billion.
30. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” — JK Rowling
They say that no one fights harder than a man who has nothing to lose.
A lot of Gen Y entrepreneurs will hit rock bottom before they hit the motherload. Accept your situation, and work to better it rather than sit around and gripe.
31. “In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story.” — Jeff Bezos
Your choices — both in business and in life — define who you are as a person. Make choices that you’ll be proud to look back at 40 years from now and think “I did the right thing“.
32. “If you actually do something you love it’s a lot easier and takes on a lot more purpose.” — Mark Zuckerberg
When vetting a business idea, or even when you’re just trying something new in life: in most cases, if you don’t love doing it, you won’t succeed at it.
In the rare instances where you might actually succeed, know that you’ll still be miserable doing it. Is a financially sound company worth the cost of your daily happiness?
In one word, no.
33. “Done is better than perfect.” — Mark Zuckerberg
I absolutely love this tip. Admittedly, I’ve heard it quite a lot, not only from the mouth of Facebook’s founder, but it never ceases to be relevant.
So many entrepreneurs wait. They wait until their website is perfectly designed before publishing it. They wait until their product is perfectly built before launching.
You will never achieve perfection, so don’t cite imperfection as an excuse not to launch your product/website.
A “done” product that brings in $20K per month in profits is better than one being “perfected” that is still in the works and hasn’t been launched yet.
34. “Failure is the only opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
When you fail at something after trying your best, don’t be disappointed in your effort. Be proud that you now know what doesn’t work, and that you can now begin again: this time, with a higher chance of succeeding and less chance of failure.
35. “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behaviour is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.” — Warren Buffett
Trend #3: networking is important. Constantly try to reach out to people in bigger and better places than you are. Learn from them, emulate them, and soon you might be them.
36. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” — Steve Jobs
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A follower is someone who does the same thing day in, day out. No questions asked; he does what he is told to do.
The leader, on the other hand is the one who innovates. The leader comes up with new ideas for products, new techniques to build them, and new strategies to market them. As entrepreneurs, we are meant to be leaders. Innovation is a prerequisite of living the entrepreneurial lifestyle.
37. “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford
Attitude plays a huge role in our capabilities. If you tell yourself that you will be able to do something, then you will be able to do it (if it’s within the bounds of logical reasoning).
On the other hand, if you tell yourself that you can’t do something, then you won’t be able to do it. Either way, you’re right.
It’s crucial that you think “can”, not “can’t”.
38. “It’s how tenacious you are … that will determine your success.” — Steve Ballmer
Every billionaire has gone through times of hardship. The difference between them and the average Joes of this world?
They stuck with it, no matter how tough it got. Be tenacious. Never give up on something that you know has the capacity to turn your life around.
39. “You grow more when you get more people’s perspective.” — Mark Zuckerberg
Zuckerberg has a 1.2 billion user base to get perspective from. Now, you might not have those kinds of numbers (yet), but everyone always will have people around them that they can get feedback from. Not only feedback on their business, but also in general on their life. The more feedback you get, the better you know how and where to grow.
Did I say that networking is important?
40. “It is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. I know that sounds completely nuts. But, since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition.” — Larry Page
Few people will have the courage to dream insanely big, and even fewer will have the resolve to follow up on their dreams. Lofty goals often mean lofty gains, so don’t be afraid to dream big.
41. “No one ever made a million bucks by being cautious or timid or reasonable.” — Eli Broad
Don’t play it safe. The moment you do, you neutralize any opportunity you might have had to achieve greatness.
42. As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” — Bill Gates
Being a leader isn’t just about innovation and exploring things and ideas that others haven’t; it’s also got a lot to do with equipping others with tools or skills to do something (or in other words, empowering them).
If you think about it, that’s exactly what business owners do. They create a product, sell a service, or give advice that enables people to do something.
As a leader, you should focus on how you can help those around you.
43. “In the end, you’re measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.” — Donald Trump
Lofty ambitions are good, but in the end you will be valued by how much you were actually able to accomplish. Not only does that mean putting in the hard work required to achieve your goals, but it also means having the persistence and patience to stick with something, and not constantly flit from one idea to the next.
44. “I’m the type that thinks if you don’t learn from history, you’re doomed to repeat it.”– Mark Cuban
Everyone on this earth is bound to make mistakes. But what separates the good from the great is that the great learn not only from their own mistakes, but also the mistakes of others.
That’s (again) why information and knowledge is so important to both a successful business and a productive lifestyle.
45. “You can’t be a good leader unless you generally like people. That is how you bring out the best in them.” — Richard Branson
You can’t empower people that you hate. Learn to like the people you work with and the customers you work for, or you might as well scrap the whole idea of being an entrepreneur.
46. “It’s fine to celebrate success, but more important to heed the lessons of failure.” — Bill Gates
When you accomplish something great, by all means, celebrate. When you flunk miserably, welcome your failure as a learning opportunity and a lesson for life.
47. “I don’t believe too much in luck. I believe in circumstances. I believe in work.” — Carlos Slim
Leaving something up to fate is quite possibly the worst thing you could ever do. Make fate work for you — manipulate circumstances and put in the work to get the best result possible.
48. “Don’t aim for perfection. Aim for success.” — Eike Batiste
I’m a perfectionist, and I hate that. By narrow-mindedly focusing solely on perfection, I often lose out on easily-attained successes that would have been achieved had I simply scrapped perfection.
Don’t make the same mistake: your goal is success, not perfection.
49. “The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow.” — Ingvar Krampad
The moment you start concentrating on the fact that you’ve achieved something big is the moment you start losing focus on how to do better. Every day, set aside some time for reflection to think about what you can do better tomorrow that you didn’t do so well today.
50. “Being the richest man … doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.” — Steve Jobs
At the end of it all, not even all the money in the world will make you happy. Money simply doesn’t have the power to buy happiness.
So don’t live for money. Live, instead, for the what you do and the way you make it.
In this giant collection of tips from the richest people on the planet, we’ve seen a lot of lessons that can be applied in practically every facet of a billionaire lifestyle.
But we’ve also seen a few recurrent themes that, as evidenced by their frequency, are really, really important. Here are 4 key takeaways that I’ve identified:
Takeaway 1: Failure can often be more beneficial than success. To a certain extent, it’s good to make mistakes — if you’re doing everything right the first time, that probably means that you aren’t reaching out of your comfort zone to explore new heights.
Take risks, and don’t be afraid to fail. Instead, embrace your shortcomings and constantly focus on improving them.
Takeaway 2: Networking is huuuge. The elite spend time with the elite.
Takeaway 3: You don’t have to wait for perfection to achieve success. Mark Zuckerberg put it best: “Done is better (and very often more profitable) than perfect.”
Takeaway 4: Customers are your #1 focus. No ifs, ands, or buts. Customers come first.
YOU MIGHT NOT BE A BILLIONAIRE, BUT…
…why don’t you go ahead and voice your thoughts in the comments below? No, you might not be a billionaire (surprise surprise: neither am I), but we’re all ready to hear the tips, successes, and stories that entrepreneurs just like you have to share.
Volkswagen Goes Electric, Are you Missing Out?
Volkswagen plans to be the leader of electric cars by 2025.
They announced a new vision called TOGETHER 2025+, which promises electric cars and a digital network by 2025. Their stated goal is to make automobiles that are “clean, quiet, intelligent, and safe.” And ultimately be “part of the solution when it comes to climate and environmental protection.”
This massive project tells us a lot about the future of the auto industry.
What Are Electric Cars?
As their name suggests, electric cars are automobiles that run on electricity, rather than gasoline. They use an electric motor, which is powered by rechargeable batteries.
Some cars use both sources of power, which are called hybrids.
To manufacture electric cars, Volkswagen will have to repurpose their factories, implement new technologies, and use different designs.
A few factors prompted Volkswagen to take this direction, but their emissions-cheating scandal was probably the biggest influence.
In 2015, The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accused Volkswagen of creating cars that cheated emission standards.
Specifically, Volkswagen created software that detected when their cars were analyzed by emissions testing. The software would enable emission controls to “pass” the testing.
But during normal driving conditions, the software would shut off. This gave cars more power and fuel economy, but resulted in more pollution than the law allowed.
Since then, Volkswagen admitted to installing the software in about 11 million cars and publicly apologized for the practice. However, the day after the news broke, their stock price declined 20%, then fell another 17% the following day.
In 2017, Volkswagen pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $4.3 billion in penalties. A week later, executives were charged.
In response to their scandal, Volkswagen changed their logo to a white variation on June 5, 2019. In a TV commercial, Volkswagen acknowledged their mistake and announced their launch into electric vehicles.
Their PR strategy is to demonstrate a dramatic change for the good, using the tagline “In the darkness, we found the light.”
Volkswagen’s Announces the I.D. Series
In 2016, brand chief Herbert Diess said, “By 2025, we plan to sell 1 million electric cars per year, and by then we also want to be the global market leader in electromobility. Going forward, our electric cars will be the hallmark of Volkswagen.”
Volkswagen announced their plans to launch a generation of electric cars beginning in 2020. They call this series of cars the I.D. family. This line of cars will reinvent their previous vehicles as electric versions.
The first models, debuting in 2020, will be the I.D. and the I.D. Crozz. In 2021, the ID. Roomzz model will be released, which will be a zero-emission SUV.
By 2022, the public can buy the I.D. Buzz, the I.D. Buzz Cargo, and the I.D. Vizzion. However, some models will be restricted to Europe. In addition to cars, Volkswagen also plans to create a charging network.
In a press release on August 8, 2019, Volkswagen announced plans to install 4,000 charging stations at their German sites by 2025. Beyond Germany, Volkswagen Group is working to provide over 36,000 charging points throughout Europe. The project cost is estimated at 250 million Euros.
The Future of Volkswagen
Analysts believe it’s only a matter of time before automakers ditch petrol cars in favor of electric cars, which many consider the next technological step for the auto industry. However, there are still challenges companies like Volkswagen face.
As mentioned earlier, electric cars require charging stations. Not only does Volkswagen have to create a new generation of cars, but they also have to update infrastructure. To make electric cars a reality, drivers need a network of charging points.
Nevertheless, Volkswagen is moving forward with their initiative. With auto giants like Volkswagen going electric, it’s only a matter of time before other car companies follow suit.
As the world demands higher environmental standards, companies are responding with greener initiatives. Volkswagen’s TOGETHER 2025+ project indicates that electric cars will be commonplace in the future.
Tesla’s New AutoPilot is Insane
With self-driving cars upon us, the future is now.
Tesla Inc. is leading the way with innovative technologies in the automotive industry. For years, they’ve been developing Autopilot, which is a fascinating invention that causes both hope and fear for car drivers.
Get everything you need to know right here.
What is Autopilot?
Tesla’s Autopilot is an advanced system that empowers a car to drive itself. On its own, Autopilot can stay centered in lane, change lanes, maintain distance from the next car, self-park, and summon the car from a parking spot or garage.
Tesla’s Autopilot is an example of full self-driving (FSD), which is sometimes called a driverless car or an autonomous car. Autopilot combines both hardware and software to make this possible.
Here’s a demonstration of Autopilot. Legally, there must be a person in the driver’s seat when Autopilot is on, but the person is not driving.
How Autopilot Works
Under the Federal Aviation Administration, pilots must monitor an aircraft that is on autopilot at all times. In a similar vein, Tesla mandates that drivers must monitor a car on Autopilot at all times.
Tesla equips their cars with radar coverage, cameras, and ultrasonic sensors, which give the system a 360-degree view around the vehicle. The software then uses this equipment to discern surroundings.
The equipment is able to distinguish other vehicles, road signs, obstacles, and lane markings. This system can even detect other cars and pedestrians through fog, dust, and heavy rain. The hardware processes this information at 200 frames per second.
With this constant influx of information, the software is programmed to make the proper moves and adjust speed to the surroundings.
Anytime a new software update is released, a car with Autopilot receives the update wirelessly.
A Brief History of Autopilot
Autopilot has developed over the years in a series of updates and adjustments to both their software and hardware. This section will touch on some of the notable advancements of Autopilot.
In 2013, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said, “Autopilot is a good thing to have in planes, and we should have it in cars.” The theory was simple: if we use autopilot on planes, we can and should use it on cars.
In late 2014, Tesla offered customers Autopilot for the first time. The Model S and Model X came with a tech package upgrade: a windshield-mounted camera, frontside radar, and sensors on the front and back bumpers.
Together this was known as Autopilot, which offered semi-autonomous driving. Tesla refers to this tech package as Hardware 1. This allowed drivers to do limited hands-free driving.
In October 2015, Tesla customers experienced the next step in Autopilot development with the release of software enabling Autopilot, which was packaged with Tesla’s version 7.0. This added a few features.
However, Tesla later released version 7.1, which removed a few features in 7.0. Tesla announced this was an effort to discourage risky behaviors. Version 7.1 did add a remote parking feature, which could be used without a driver in the vehicle.
In August 2016, Tesla announced Autopilot 8.0, which made a significant shift in software. Instead of using cameras as the primary sensor, Autopilot would now use radar. A November update added two notable safety features:
- Autopilot requires the driver to touch the wheel more often.
- Whenever Autopilot is activated, there is now a more noticeable indication that it’s engaged.
In November 2016, Autopilot had been used to drive over 300 million miles.
On October 19, 2016, Tesla announced that all their cars would now be made with full self-driving. Their vehicles would now come with better computing and sensing equipment, which they call Hardware Version 2 (HW2).
This allowed Autopilot to change lanes without needing driver input, transition between freeways, and exit a highway near the driver’s destination.
In February 2017, Autopilot became available for HW2 cars. They included auto-steering on local roads and divided highways, as well as adaptive cruise control. In June of the same year, version 8.1 arrived, which added the features of parallel parking and full-speed breaking.
Later updates made riders smoother by making acceleration and deceleration less jerky.
In July 2017, Hardware Version 2.5 was released. And as of 2019, Tesla continues to evolve Autopilot with developing Hardware Version 3.
Public opinions on Autopilot
As with all new technologies, many questions have been raised over the years by industry experts and concerned citizens.
Some have voiced concerns over the legality of full self-driving. Many question if Tesla drivers using Autopilot are even driving legally. Autopilot seemingly conflicts with the current best practices in driving, such as keeping both hands on the wheel or keeping one foot on a pedal.
Earlier, in the demonstration video, the driver is doing neither.
Tesla spokesman Alexis Georgeson said there is “nothing in our autopilot system that is in conflict with current regulations.” She went on to clarify a misconception about Autopilot, saying:
“We’re not getting rid of the pilot. This is about releasing the driver from tedious tasks so they can focus and provide better input.”
Despite Tesla’s safety measures, some still ask if self-driving cars inherently promote irresponsible driving.
Another recurring debate revolves around fault in the case of an accident caused by full self-driving. If Autopilot makes a mistake and there is a car wreck, who is responsible?
Drivers are expected to monitor Autopilot, but this complicates investigations and court proceedings. At what point is a driver responsible vs. the program and can a company like Tesla be liable?
Individuals, manufacturers, and insurance companies will likely fight a lot in the following years to work out liability issues with self-driving cars.
In the years developing and using Tesla’s Autopilot, there have been a few accidents and deaths recorded involving Autopilot. This article will note a few of the more recent incidents at the time of writing.
May 11, 2018 at South Jordan, Utah
During the evening, a Tesla Model S crashed into a fire truck that was stopped at a red light. Autopilot was engaged at the time and traveling at about 60 miles per hour during the time of impact. The Tesla driver survived with a broken foot.
According to witnesses, the Tesla car did not appear to avoid the impact or attempt to brake prior to the collision. Telemetry data revealed the driver did not touch the wheel 80 seconds preceding the crash and did not brake until milliseconds before impact.
The driver later admitted she was on her phone at the time. Police cited her for “failure to keep proper lookout.”
March 1, 2019 at Delray Beach, Florida
During the morning, a Tesla Model 3 hit a semi-truck on a highway and under rode the trailer. The driver did not survive. The dispatched investigators that analyzed the scene did not fault or cite the driver of the semi-truck.
Ten seconds prior to the collision, the Tesla driver activated Autopilot. And in May 2019, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that neither the Autopilot or the driver attempted evasive maneuver prior to impact.
Preliminary telemetry showed that the driver’s hands were not on the wheels for approximately 8 seconds leading up to the crash.
August 10, 2019 at Moscow, Russia
During the night, a Tesla Model 3 ran into a parked tow truck, then caught on fire. At the time, Autopilot was activated and was driving at the maximum speed limit (100 km/h).
Fortunately, the driver and his children exited the vehicle in time and escaped with survivable injuries. The driver had a broken leg and the children suffered bruising.
The driver claimed he was holding the wheel at the time of the crash, but was not paying attention.
Positive incidents with Autopilot
A noteworthy incident that puts a positive light on Autopilot occurred on July of 2016, in Washington D.C. While driving his Tesla Model X, Joshua Neally experienced pulmonary embolism, which made it impossible for him to drive.
Neally was able to drive most of the way to a hospital using Autopilot, which possibly saved his life.
On July 21, 2016, Elon Musk tweeted that Autopilot saved the life of a pedestrian in D.C., or at least prevented serious injury. The driver reported that a pedestrian stepped out in front of his vehicle while he was distracted. Autopilot instantly braked and prevented the car from hitting the pedestrian.
Musk confirmed this by looking at the vehicle’s logs.
The Future of Autopilot
Autopilot will unquestioningly impact greater society in the future. Tesla has repeatedly stated and demonstrated a commitment to developing a safe, legal, effective Autopilot system.
And they’re not the only ones interested in the technology. Google is also developing a self-driving car under their program Waymo.
While Tesla has made significant progress in recent years, it seems there are still technological and legal barriers they need to overcome.
Here’s Elon Musk on the future of Autopilot: “Full autonomy is really a software limitation. The hardware exists to create full autonomy. So it’s really about developing advanced narrow AI for the car to operate on.”
This astounding statement reveals how close we are to a world full of self-driving cars. The hardware already exists. We just have to write better software.
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10 Resorts in Hawaii That Everyone Should Try
Planning a vacation to Hawaii? There’s a reason why it’s such a popular vacation destination.
Each island has its unique beauty – lush green mountain tops, oceanfront views, and volcanos. The culture is fascinating, the food is delicious, the weather is great, and the shopping scene is bustling.
Now to pick somewhere to stay.
If you’re looking for the right place to lodge, look no further than this list. We’ll break down the best destinations in Hawaii. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly vacation or a romantic getaway, we have you covered.
Look them over and pick your favorite:
1. Fairmont Orchid Hawaii
Fairmont Orchid Hawaii hugs Kahala Coast on the Big Island. This stunning property offers a wide variety of activities. Guests can play volleyball in the sand, visit a golf course next door, rent a poolside or beachside cabana, or take a culture hike.
Their Spa Without Walls offers massages near waterfalls or in lush gardens. If you’re feeling indoorsy, you can always head to one of their saunas or steam rooms. All of their 500 rooms have lanais (roofed porches) with an ocean view, marble tubs, and 42-inch flat-screen TVs.
Their Brown’s Deli offers house-made pizza, salads, and sandwiches. And their Kahiki bar offers drinks just a few steps away from the ocean.
Location: 1 North Kaniku Drive, Kohala Coast, HI 96743
2. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
This ultimate resort sits on the Kona-Kohala coast and offers incredible luxury accommodations. Two-story bungalows with guest rooms are decorated with Hawaiian inspired art and decor. They offer rooms with beautiful views of the ocean and suites that have private outdoor showers.
Guests can take advantage of their concierge services, which can arrange an outing to explore Hawaii’s volcanoes or a round of golf on the prestigious Hualalai Golf Course.
The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai offers guests unique experiences with nature. You can tour their Herb Garden, where a chef helps guests catch shrimp. You can learn how salt was harvested by Hawaiians in the past on a Salt Harvesting Experience. Or take advantage of the Hawaii Island Coffee Experience, where you tour a coffee farm and end with a coffee tasting
Location: 72-100 Ka’upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
3. Hotel Wailea
Hotel Wailea is the perfect location for romantic getaways. Their entire property was created with exclusivity and privacy in mind. They have over 70 luxury suites spaced apart next to the ocean. Each suite has oceanfront lanais and comes with plush bathrobes, deep soaking tubs, and luxury linens.
Their fun activities were created with couples in mind. For example, the hotel offers a map with X’s, which guests use to explore the island’s best spots for beaches, sea turtles, and snorkeling. Their restaurant, The Treehouse, offers private dinners in a secluded bungalow surrounded by fruit trees.
Hotel Wailea is the perfect place for a honeymoon.
Location: 555 Kaukahi Street, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753
4. The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua
You could spend a month at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and every day would look different. Nearby you can go horseback riding, explore waterfalls, visit local beaches, tee off at one of two championship golf courses, and even get a tour on a helicopter. You can go scuba diving, take fishing trips, enjoy a sunset cruise, and have the staff organize a luau.
If you want to go all out, the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua offers Club Level access. This gives you access to a private lounge, where hors d’oeuvres, light snacks, and beverages are offered throughout the day. Club Level access also comes with a concierge dedicated to your needs. These extra services and amenities make the Club Level an upgrade on top of an already ultimate getaway.
Location: 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Kapalua, HI 96761
5. Turtle Bay Resort
Turtle Bay Resort sits on Oahu’s North Shore and offers a wide range of unique services and activities. Guests can head to Turtle Bay Spa for seaweed body wraps or aromatherapy immersion. Guests can take advantage of wave therapy, which is a massage table that rocks gently and feels like you’re floating in water.
Guests have the opportunity to kayak, paddleboard, snorkel, take surfing lessons, and enjoy a helicopter tour. You can also swim underwater with the mythical sea turtles that are famous in the North Shore. If you’re not feeling adventurous, you can always go for a massage on the beach.
Not far away, guests can practice their swing at two premier golf courses. Turtle Bay Resort has miles of beautiful beaches lined with palm trees. Their coastline receives powerful waves making it an ideal place to go surfing.
Location: 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, HI 96731
6. Disney Aulani
Disney lives up to its reputation again with this ultimate family-friendly getaway. Disney Aulani offers fun activities for kids and relaxing alternatives for parents. Families can hit their amazing beach or one of their three pools. You can drift down their Lazy River while kids play around in their Splash Zone.
Inside their Laniwai Spa, you will find mineral pools, family treatments, vitality pools, and a hydrotherapy garden. There are plenty of eating options, including a cafe, a shaved ice hut, a snack stop, a pool bar, and a beachside restaurant that offers modern Hawaiian cuisine.
Location: 92-1185 Ali’inui Dr, Kapolei, HI 96707
Halekulani incorporates serenity and elegance into all they do. Their spacious rooms offer ocean views and are shaded gray, which gives them a sense of sophistication. Their Waikiki spa combines modern products and techniques with local therapeutic rituals.
Their “For You, Everything” program gives guests access to cultural and fine arts events on the island. You can visit Bishop Museum, which displays artifacts from Hawaii’s royal family as well as ancient Hawaiian items. The program also grants guests access to the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, the Iolani Palace, and the Honolulu Museum of Art.
Location: 2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI 96815
8. Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort
Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort sits on Kauai’s south shore and has over 100 rooms. This is the perfect getaway if you’re looking to stay physically active on your vacation.
Close-by is the Poipu beach center where guests can snorkel, paddleboard, surf, and kayak. Their staff offers various lessons and rentals. Guests can also explore Old Koloa Town, play a round of golf, or go for a cliff-top hike.
If you’d rather stay indoors, the resort has a saltwater pool with a poolside bar and grill, a fitness center, and a full-service spa. All rooms have amazing views of gardens or the ocean, and have outdoor spaces and balconies.
The restaurant Red Salt offers fresh seafood and a sushi bar on some nights. The Red Salt has an ocean view lined with palm trees and pampers guests with breakfast dishes like lemon-pineapple souffle pancakes.
Location: 2251 Poipu Road Koloa, HI 96756
9. The Royal Hawaiian
The Royal Hawaiian is located in the capital city of Honolulu, on the famous Waikiki Beach. It’s known as the Pink Palace of the Pacific for its beautiful color and structure. They have over 500 rooms and three towers.
Guests are treated like royalty, receiving a Hawaiian garland upon arrival. The Royal Hawaiian offers massages in a tropical garden at their Abhasa Spa. Every night, live entertainment is provided at the Mai Tai Bar. Guests can even order pastries and morning coffee in bed.
The resort offers many interesting activities such as lei-making and a Hawaiian sunrise ceremony.
Location: 2259 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
The Andaz Maui sits on Wailea Beach, giving guests access to a white sand experience. This oceanfront resort has over 300 rooms, each with a lanai overlooking an ocean or garden. If you want an upgrade, look into their villas, which come with a private tropical garden, a gourmet Miele kitchen, and an outdoor Viking Grill.
Their Ka’ana Kitchen offers farm-to-table Maui dishes ideal for a family outing. Couples can take advantage of a customized six-course meal paired with wine in an open-air style kitchen.
You can start the morning at Bumbye Beach Bar, where you can lounge in the lagoon pool, sipping on cool cocktails. In the evening, check out Lehua Lounge, which offers delicacies and cocktails next to crystal clear waterfalls.
Location: 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, HI 96753
How to Choose
There are a lot of great options to choose from, so how do you pick? The question you should ask yourself is: what do you want to get out of your visit?
If you’re interested in exploring the local culture and art, consider going to Halekulani, which offers a program for access to museums and events. If you want to stay active on your vacation, check out Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort, which offers a wide range of activities to keep you busy.
Then you have to consider who you’re bringing along. If you’re taking the whole family, consider going to Disney Aulani. They crafted their property and activities with children in mind.
But if you and your significant other are looking for a romantic getaway, then Hotel Wailea could be the choice for you. They tailored their secluded property and activities specifically for couples.
After thinking through your decision, pick your favorite spot, and then happy vacationing!
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