FX and Hulu have announced the new episode in the The New York Times Presents documentary series: Elon Musk’s Crash Course. Produced by The New York Times and Left/Right, the documentary will launch on FX and Hulu in the US on Friday, May 20 at 10pm PT.
Elon Musk, the world’s richest person, has claimed since 2015 that, for Tesla, technology for self-driving cars is a “solved problem,” and made outlandish claims about Autopilot capabilities. But a New York Times investigation reveals the quixotic nature of Musk’s pursuit of self-driving technology, and the tragic results. Autopilot has been a factor in several deaths and dozens of other accidents that Tesla has not publicly acknowledged. Some former Tesla employees speak out against Musk for promoting a self-driving program that they believe was perilous.
The New York Times Presents series is from the Emmy Award-winning same team that produced acclaimed documentary series The Weekly.
Both The Weekly and The New York Times Presents, which is marketed internationally as The Weekly: Special Edition are distributed worldwide by Red Arrow Studios International.
Previous The New York Times Presents episodes have included international smash hit documentary Framing Britney Spears the definitive documentary about the rise and fall of the pop icon, and the follow up Controlling Britney Spears; To Live and Die in Alabama, which examines the aftermath of the killing of three police officers in a shootout at an Alabama drug house; and Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson which tells the story of the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, which saw Justin Timberlake briefly expose Jackson’s breast to millions of viewers. Jackson’s career never recovered but Timberlake went from strength-to-strength.