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Elon Musk says Tesla doesn't want to crush rivals, and the company is open to licensing its self-driving software and battery technology

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Elon Musk said Tesla might license software to competitors.
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  • Elon Musk that Tesla would consider licensing its self-driving software and supplying battery technology to other automakers.
  • "We're just trying to accelerate sustainable energy, not crush competitors!" Musk said.
  • Musk's comments came in response to a blog post about German automakers looking to close the technological gap between them and Tesla.
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2020欧洲杯小组赛Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the electric automaker is considering getting into the business of lending software and supplying hardware to its competitors, floating the idea in a .

"Tesla is open to licensing software and supplying powertrains & batteries. We're just trying to accelerate sustainable energy, not crush competitors!" Musk said.

The comments came in response to a tweet linking to a report from about German automakers' plans to catch up to Tesla in their development of electric vehicles.

2020欧洲杯小组赛Automakers have been fairly transparent about its technological head start, with one Volkswagen executive saying Tesla has a 10-year jump on rivals, according to . Audi's new CEO, Markus Duesmann, also told that Tesla has at least a two-year advantage "in terms of computing and software architecture, and in autonomous driving as well."

When pressed further by a Twitter user about whether Tesla would consider licensing its flagship self-driving software, Autopilot, Musk replied: "Sure."

In the past, Tesla supplied powertrains and batteries to Mercedes-Benz and Toyota when the companies were Tesla shareholders, but it has since ended those programs, according to .

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