Tesla CEO Elon Musk today Tweeted his position on drone flights over Tesla’s Gigafactories (such as Giga Berlin, Giga Shanghai, and Giga Texas) and said “I’m fine with reasonable drone footage. Just needs to be at a fair distance & not coming right up to people. I think our security was a little overzealous in this case.”
Torque News Tesla reporter Guillaume Humber has the story.
When it comes to staying up to date with the latest Tesla Gigafactory construction, most fans and reporters turn to drone footage from good-willing individuals. Many have come to appreciate the regular footage of Gigafatory Shanghai from @JasonYangSHA, the footage provided for our Torque News youtube channel by @Gf4Tesla. Now we are starting to see people cover the construction of Terafactory Texas, but yesterday, @ajtourville tweeted out mentioning Elon Musk and asking for help because one of the Tesla enthusiasts filming with a drone in Terafactory Texas was issued a warning by site security asking him to cease filming. Apparently, they threatened to press charges against him if he continued flying his drone over the facility. Elon was quick to reply that he was fine with reasonable drone footage and that it just needed to be at a fair distance and not coming right up to people. He continued his tweet saying that in this case, he thought that security was a little overzealous. The drone operator in question can be followed on Twitter with the handle @peterdog15.
Drone footage is something that not only benefits Tesla fans and news reporters, but also the company itself: other automakers seeing the astonishing speed at which construction occurs will be impressed. In this way, it serves as an advertisement for the Gigafactory product. Construction using pre-assembled parts and starting to build before even having it fully approved is revolutionary. What has also been impressive is Tesla’s speed of adaptation, ecological concerns involving the number of concrete pilings that reached groundwater were solved in a matter of days.
Nevertheless, it is important to remember that workers may not be overjoyed with the prospect of being filmed and having the constant buzzing of drones around their work area. They already work long hours in the summer heat and they may also want to have a bit of privacy. Being constantly surveyed is something that can be stressful for some. Drone footage, as Elon said, is great at a fair distance, but filming needs to be done respectfully.
The fact that Elon doesn’t mind filming the whole construction progress also means that Tesla has nothing to hide, they are building these factories ethically and are trying to inconvenience locals as little as possible. It is trying to do the opposite: make its locations look attractive to future employees and locals. We have seen this positive impact with, for example, the naming of “Tesla Straße” or in English “Tesla Street” near Giga Berlin. Elon has already hinted at a Rave Cave being built under the same factory.
Reference: Torque News Tesla reporter Guillaume Humbert
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