Yet another tweet is out from Elon Musk, the billionaire founder and owner of some of the most futuristic companies on the planet — Tesla, SpaceX and Solarcity. In a tweet which he sent out on Sunday, Musk has teased a new product launch, which he says is something “unexpected by most”.
Before we start speculating what this new, unexpected product could possibly be (though speculation is a bit difficult since there hasn’t been the slightest of hint and no scheduled product launch was there before), here’s his original tweet :
Tesla product unveiling on the 17th (unexpected by most), followed by Tesla/SolarCity on the 28th
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 9, 2016
So what could this be ? Possibilities are that he could finally unveil the finished Model 3 design on October 17th, along with some additional, previously unannounced features. It could also be a Roadster 2.0 or improvements in the autonomous driving system which the company has been busy building dedicatedly.
Why this points more towards something related to autonomous driving front, is because of the fact that the company recently launched its Autopilot 8.0 update. However, Musk had suggested earlier in the year that the company is making progress on self-driving tech a rapid pace, which is sure to surprise the most. Since there has already been a hint of surprise on that front and nothing has come out yet, October 17th could well see the showcase of Tesla’s autonomous driving tech.
What this announcement could also show, is further proof of how the merger of Tesla and SolarCity — a merger which hasn’t gone down with the investors very well — is fruitful for both companies. In an earlier tweet, Musk had said he planned to unveil a new SolarCity solar energy system, describing it as a solar roof with an integrated energy storage battery produced by Tesla.
On the financial and merger front, Musk had also tweeted earlier that he probably wouldn’t need more cash to fund this merger.
In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, Tesla said it “is currently planning to raise additional funds by the end of this year, including through potential equity or debt offerings, subject to market conditions and recognizing that Tesla cannot be certain that additional funds would be available to it on favorable terms or at all.”