Tesloop is building mobility service using autonomous & connected Tesla vehicles
【Summary】Tesloop, a California based startup, is building the first software driven mobility service on autonomous, connected, electric supercharged vehicles (ACES).
By Eric Walz
Tesloop, a California based startup, is building the first software driven mobility service on autonomous, connected, electric supercharged vehicles (ACES). It manages and operates an expanding fleet of electric Tesla vehicles offering shared personal transportation between 50 and 300 miles.
The ACES vehicle platform enables disruptive economic and real-time digital control of vehicles, while delivering an unprecedented level of consumer value vs. all other regional transportation alternatives. The company has a strong focus on building the software technology required for routing, pricing, remote administration, and security, as well predictive models based on deep learning from the vehicle data.
Tesloop started offering a continuous transportation loop between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, taking riders in luxury and style in the Model S and refueling at Tesla's supercharging stations along the way. The luxury rides complete with ammenities are a welcome alternative to taking a crowded, uncomfortable bus ride through the desert to Las Vegas.
In its first 18 months, Tesloop has become the highest rated transportation service in the world, and is rapidly expanding. Today, the company operates an expanding fleet of semi-autonomous Tesla vehicles, providing a shared passenger transportation service for distances between 50 and 300 miles between southern California cities.
The Tesloop Story
The company's founder, Haydn Sonnad was only 15 when he came up with the idea of Tesloop in 2015. When he turned 16 and got his driver's license, he figured he could get a Tesla Model S 85D, and drive people back and forth from Los Angeles to Las Vegas a couple times a week to cover the cost of insurance and the lease payment. He pitched the idea to his father Rahul Sonnad, a serial entrepreneur active in technology and startups, who became the co-founder and company's CEO.
"I got my license this spring and was looking for a way to get a car for the summer. I had seen that Tesla was offering a 3-month happiness guarantee for leasing a car and I figured if I could lease a Tesla, I could make enough money to cover the lease by driving people to Las Vegas. Since I'd have no fuel costs or staffing costs, this seemed to make great financial sense — where I could cover the lease and insurance and have some spending money left over." Haydn, told Netshark in 2015.
Elon Musk invested in Tesloop
The teenage Haydn presented the idea directly to Elon Musk at a Tesla shareholders meeting, and soon after he had a team of cofounders and seed money from Clearstone Ventures, plus angel investors from Tesla and Facebook. With the funding they received they formed Tesloop.
Tesloop partners with Goodyear
In January, it was announced that the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) has signed a technology agreement with California-based Tesloop Inc. to study and model tire performance based on data generated by the city-to-city mobility service.
Tesloop's first vehicle in service, a 2015 Tesla Model S, is passing the 250,000 mile mark, running exclusively on Goodyear tires.
Originally from New Jersey, Eric is an automotive and technology reporter specializing in the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley. Eric has over fifteen years of automotive experience and a B.A. in computer science. These skills, combined with technical writing and news reporting, allows him to fully understand and identify new and innovative technologies in the automotive industry and beyond. He has worked on self-driving cars and as a technical writer, helping people to understand and work with technology. Outside of work, Eric likes to travel to new places, play guitar, and explore the outdoors.
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