‘Elon Musk’s Crash Course’ Takes A Cursory Look At Engineering And Regulatory Failure

A new documentary film published by the New York Times NYT -5% and now streaming on Hulu tries to take a look at Elon Musk’s efforts to promote and sell automated driving on Tesla TSLA -6.9% vehicles, but falls short of what it might have been.

At a running time of 74 minutes, “Elon Musk’s Crash Course” tries to cover a lot of ground, but it ultimately seems like it spends too much time on some topics and not enough on some of the most important…

Viewers could learn some important lessons about what it actually takes to create, test and validate an automated vehicle if the film had included interviews with the likes of Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor Phillip Koopman or Ann Arbor based-attorney Jennifer Dukarski. Instead we get a lot of words from friends of Brown explaining how interested he was in technology and why he was so adamant about testing the limits of his car.