Tesla Motors Assembly Line

with the stereoscopic hum and whir of an alien dreadnaught


That's actually Elon's description of the former NUMMI plant, now modernized and bright... from the factory tour today.

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  • Ramones Karaoke 3y

    Wow - it's like an anti-Victorian sweatshop - no Jacquard looms (although there may be one out back making the seat covers!), not a single malnourished ragamuffin with industrial injuries.
  • jgury 3y

    Ramones Karaoke The sweatshops are for all the Asian slave components that go into it.
  • Steve Jurvetson 3y

    You must mean the iPhone calendar syncing to the nav system? =)

    Ramones Karaoke - oddly descriptive

    P.S. More autobot photos, and a sense of the before and after
  • jgury 3y

    Steve Jurvetson All global supply chains have links to slavery of one form or another.
  • hmboo Electrician and Adventurer 3y

    The Robots looks like KUKAs but the color dont match.I see also litle STÄUBLIs
  • Steve Jurvetson 3y

    I saw many German Kuka's (for precision placement).

    jgury - another good reason for being the most vertically integrated... =)
  • McPHX 3y

    Did I see the SUV concept is really gull wing? Wow!
  • Steve Jurvetson 3y

    Falcon-wing. It has two hinges so it lifts up and out of the way, unlike a gull-wing which flaps into the neighboring vehicles in a parking lot. I took photos and video of it on Sunday.
  • Chucil 3y

    The robots wear the same color. Japanese workers wear uniforms in their factories, for ex., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., which does similar things.
    * Rockets and spacecraft
    * Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, part of the Mitsubishi keiretsu
    They regard their "The Spirit of Mitsubishi" as what get them to where they are.
    "Shoki Hoko"=Corporate Responsibility to Society
    "Shoji Komei"=Integrity and Fairness
    "Ritsugyo Boeki"=Global Understanding through Business
  • Sten Tamkivi 3y

    Steve, did you know NUMMI translates to roughly "cute" from Estonian - or "kawaii" in Japanese...
  • Steve Jurvetson 3y

    Did not know that. It looks cute now. Aitah!
  • Jim Rees 3y

    I had a friend who worked full time as a fashion designer for an industrial robot clothing manufacturer. I didn't even know industrial robots wore clothing. Apparently it keeps out dirt and grease in harsh environments.
  • Toni Rodríguez Sáez 3y

    Hello Steve, I'm helping my brother with a web that I'm programming for his startup wannabe, and I want to use a modified version of this photo there. Which would be the best way to attribute you the copyrights or mention you? do you prefer a link to this page or something else? excuse me but I'm a newbie in using cc licenses.

  • Steve Jurvetson 3y

    yup - All of my photos are free to use forever with a simple photo credit:
    “Photo by Jurvetson (flickr)” and for online use, please have the credit line link to the original page (or the photo itself can link back). thanks.
  • OneWithU 3y

    Your image has been featured as a photo of the day on www.onewithu.com/206/hydraulic-swing-clamps/ under its Creative Commons license! Thank you and keep shooting! :)
  • Olav Bryant Smith 3y

    Hi. We've started a new magazine called Empirical (empiricalmagazine.com ) and I am happy to say that we've chosen the photograph above for publication in our December issue. Thank you for making it available to us.
  • Sai Prasad Ojha 2y

    Hi, I am choosing your image for one of my works under CC license. Thanks a lot
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