A disappearing camper that can be stowed away in the vault of a Tesla is seeing roaring popularity with $100 million in orders.
The camper, known as the CyberLandr, first started taking preorders in April 2021. Future customers will be able to enjoy an added bedroom, a living room, kitchen, bathroom and office to a Cybertruck for $50,000.
The camper comes from analytics platform Stream It, Inc., which moved from Las Vegas to Austin to be near Tesla’s headquarters at Giga Texas. Powered by artificial intelligence and solar energy, the company says it is disrupting the RV industry and helping with a transition to sustainable transportation. And, they note, Tesla CEO Elon Musk once called it "cool."
“We are humbled by the overwhelming response and excitement around CyberLandr,” CEO Lance King said. King went on to say “many people have asked for the opportunity to invest in the early stages of the company.” To do so, the company partnered with StartEngine, an equity crowdfunding platform, to make a limited number of shares available.
Some perks of the camper include no additional aerodynamic drag, allowing for a minimal effect on range. Stream It also boasts the compactness makes it easier to access parking and drive-thrus than other RVs.
But it could be some time before interested buyers can put it to use. Reports say that the Cybertruck, which had been planned for production this year at the new Gigafactory, may not start until 2023.
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With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.
Artists and music lovers are set to pack into Zilker Park for The Austin City Limits Music Festival in the coming two weekends. Following that, Formula One will bring racing fans to the Circuit of the Americas.
For those two events, the airport is anticipating high passenger days with 30,000 or more people departing flights.
ABIA recommends arriving at least two and a half hours in advance for domestic flights on those days. For ACL, it's expected on both Sundays of the festival along with the Monday and Tuesday after. The F1-driven high passenger days are expected on Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 23-26.
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F1, especially, could draw in loads of travelers as the three-day event saw 400,000 attendees last year. ABIA warns that highways leading to the airport may see even higher traffic than usual around the event and that travelers should plan their route accordingly.
Bailey Grimmett, a spokesperson for ABIA, said travel numbers come in 24 hours in advance. So, it's hard to predict if the airport will see travel volumes at the same levels that have happened around previous F1 races or if it'll top ACL's flight traffic.
Still, she says historical knowledge points to a chance for it.
“We've had that Monday after F1 break the record for single busiest in airport history," Grimmett said. "So context clues I would say yes, but I can't confirm that. But the historical background points to that."
In anticipation of the high volume of flyers, the airport received additional TSA officers for security screening through the end of October. To prepare even further, the Department of Aviation and partners hosted a job showcase and hiring fair to address the continued labor shortage the airport has experienced.
Relief from hectic travel days is on the horizon with November likely to see a slowdown.
"I don't anticipate it will be as busy as October just because we don't have as many events going on," Grimmett said. "Thanksgiving is kind of our primary holiday that we see a lot of passengers coming in and out of the airport."