Tesla CEO Honored For ‘Enlightened Vision’ - Automotive Exec of the Year


Elon Musk, the guy leading the company that proved electric cars could be cool as hell, just won the 2010 Automotive Executive of the Year Innovator Award. He snagged the award for what the judges called %u201Chis enlightened vision for the automotive industry%u2019s future.%u201D

It seems fitting given that Tesla Motors, under Musk%u2019s leadership, has been credited with pushing the entire automotive industry toward EVs. Even Bob Lutz, the chief rabble-rouser at General Motors, has hailed the company for giving the industry a swift kick in the ass and proving lithium ion battery technology could work in cars.

%u201CTesla gave us a major impetus,%u201D Lutz said a few months back during the Los Angeles Auto Show. %u201CI%u2019m thankful to Tesla for giving those of us who championed the Chevrolet Volt proof that lithium-ion batteries would work.%u201D

Musk joins Lutz and other noteworthy industry execs including former Chrysler honcho Lee Iacocca, Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn and Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche in winning the award, which has been presented annually since 1964.

%u201CElon Musk is a man who came from humble beginnings to accomplish the extraordinary,%u201D said Robert Djurovic, executive director of the Automotive Executive of the Year Award program, which is sponsored by DNV Certification. %u201CWe are thrilled to present him with our Innovator Award, and see him as someone who has not only already accomplished so much in his young life but also as one to watch for future technology breakthroughs.%u201D

The award was announced Wednesday shortly before a plane crash killed three Tesla employees. Musk, in a statement issued before the crash, thanked his peers in the auto biz for honoring him.

%u201CThis award is a tremendous honor, in particular because the nomination comes from my respected peers and colleagues,%u201D Musk said. %u201CIt demonstrates not only the influence that a relatively small startup can have on the global auto industry, but also the speed with which other car companies and suppliers are joining Tesla in the electric vehicle revolution.%u201D

Photo: Jim Merithew / Wired.com

congrats to elon. it has been a tough week for tesla.

Adobe AIR Headed to Smartphones, webOS Included

We already knew that Flash is coming to webOS, but today, during an Adobe conference at Moble World Congress, it was announced that Adobe is bring their Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) to smartphones, including webOS.

Adobe's AIR lets developers create applications based on web programming languages like HTML and javascript, and naturally with support for Adobe Flash and Adobe Flex.

This move by Adobe is part of their efforts to entice developers over, and really it's quite smart. Developers will only need to make a single AIR application and that will be deployable on all major smartphone platforms.

Keen readers might remember how back in September we reported on how Flash 10.1 would include support multi-touch and accelerometers. Well, evidently Adobe's continuing down that route and Gizmodo is reporting multi-touch support is present in the Android port at the very least.

From the sounds of it, AIR will be debuting on the Android and will launch on other platforms, including webOS thereafter.  This is an interesting announcement to say the least. It'll definitely be fascinating to see how events unravel from here.

[via: Gizmodo]

this should be interesting. i do think that flash is dying...

BlackBerry stops bullet, at last proves itself useful beyond BBM -- Engadget

We kid, we kid. There are many excellent reasons to choose a BlackBerry as your main handset in the year 2010, but we've got a brand new item to add to the list: bullet stoppage. A woman in Ohio was sitting with her gun-handling boyfriend at a restuarant when the gun went off and hit her leg. Lucky for the both of them, the BlackBerry in her pocket intercepted the bullet -- rather sufficiently, though to the considerable demise of the handset. It seems as if it was helped along by a neoprene case of some sort, but it's still pretty impressive for such a point blank attack. Love is a battlefield, folks.