Russ Mitchell

Russ Mitchell covers the rapidly changing global auto industry, with special emphasis on California, including Tesla, electric vehicles and driverless cars. The Los Angeles Times’ former technology editor, he’s worked on staff at publications ranging from Business Week to Wired. A graduate of the University of Illinois, he also studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Vannevar Bush Fellow. Mitchell still drives his black 2000 Audi TT, the rare smooth-backed version manufactured before lawyers made the company attach a spoiler.
In a bind, Musk hopes autonomous Tesla taxis will drive a new, positive narrative

Tesla's Elon Musk is expected to detail a widespread deployment of fleets of self-drive Teslas to compete with Uber, Lyft and Waymo on Monday. Safety advocates are alarmed.

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The crowd-sourced, social media swarm that is betting Tesla will crash and burn

CEO Elon Musk has used Twitter to cultivate a cult-like following as a tech revolutionary. Fittingly, his nemeses is a social media swarm.