Tesla's Model S is the fastest production car available
Tesla’s Model S is now officially the fastest production car available to buy.
The company claims that the Model S P100D sedan is capable of reaching 60 miles per hour in just 2.5 seconds. With this achievement as another feather in its cap, Tesla can expect to continue dominating the electric car market, despite past troubles.
Due to production costs and manufacturing hiccups, Tesla has yet to prove itself profitable regardless of its enormous popularity. However, other established car companies breaking into the electric market simply aren’t in the same league, and earlier this year Tesla took on 400,000 pre-orders for the Model S. These numbers failed to waver even when a driver using the Autopilot mode on his Tesla car lost his life in a dramatic crash.
Sales of other brands of electric cars have fallen across the board, but Tesla’s sales are up – it is expected to deliver 80,000 cars this year, which is 29,000 more than last year.
CEO Elon Musk, in a media call earlier this week, said of the Model S’s abilities: “It’s quite a historical milestone that the fastest car in the world of any kind is electric. I think that really says something about where the future is headed. In the future we are going to look at gasoline cars the way we look at steam engines today. Like they are quaint, but it’s not really how you get around.”
While Tesla continues to thrive in many ways, the decreasing popularity of electric vehicles in general – especially battery-electric cars – may prove Musk’s optimism wrong. Other electric car startups, such as Coda and Aptera, were once Tesla’s contemporaries – now long gone.
So will electric vehicles really save us from our dependence on gas and diesel cars?
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Ivy.ai’s new chatbot streamlines resources and policies
Ivy.ai, a creator of AI chatbots for higher education, is offering a chatbot that helps institutions streamline name, image, and likeness policies for athletic programmes.
This solution will allow athletic departments to dramatically reduce inbound inquiries while answering inquiries related to compliance, financial aid impact, how-to documents, and best practice training videos.
It will allow institutions to condense information in a way that is easily accessible and eliminates the need for student-athletes to read complicated manuals. Institutions can also engage with student-athletes via a real-time feedback loop to see which topics truly matter and what needs further clarification. This allows administrators to be proactive and provide a competitive edge in recruiting.
Helping institutions connect their students with information
“Athletic departments at colleges and universities are overwhelmed by the challenges posed by the name, image and likeness legislation,” said Mary Frances Coryell, Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Partnership.
“Ivy.ai is uniquely positioned in the market to help institutions connect their student-athletes with policies and information related to NIL such as state laws, restrictions and relevant contacts. Our chatbot can digest all relevant policy information and provide answers to student-athletes at any time on any device. We expect the NIL market to move quickly, so student-athletes deserve the answers on their terms, rather than exclusively during work hours.”
Primary use cases for the chatbot include:
- Answering commonly asked questions related to name, image and likeness
- Communicate policies such as state laws, restrictions and compliance regulations
- Provide contact information for various advisors and agencies
- Connect training materials for athletes to improve their branding
- Engage in two-way reactive and proactive communication to keep policies student-centric
Back in March 2020, the company offered schools a free COVID-19 Response System, including a customisable COVID-19 Response Bot, a human-to-human live chat system and an SMS Text platform. These services are offered completely free of charge.
"The customisable COVID-19 Response Bot will help schools connect their students with important information, such as the school's operational status, where to go for treatment, and what to do to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus. We already added that information to all of our clients' AI chatbots, and we found that in many cases students needed additional support. That's why we're including our human-to-human Live Chat system in this offer. The SMS Text platform can be used to drive awareness to this communications channel for your students." said Mark McNasby, CEO of Ivy.ai.