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We'll Tell You When It's Time to Tap Tesla

A week ago today, in a strategy story aimed at helping you survive and thrive in today’s whipsaw markets, Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald told us to put Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) on our “watch lists” for a likely future purchase.

“BP, Tesla is a definite ‘shopping list’ stock,” Keith told me back then. “We’ve been nibbling at it here, and have played it successfully several times. But it’s not yet at the point where I’m ready to jump all the way in. I think my rationale behind Tesla remains upbeat. I mean, you’ve got a real winning combination here – a disruptive sales model, a CEO who’s the most innovative guy on the planet, all the capital in the world that can be brought to bear. I don’t give a rat’s [tail] that New Jersey won’t let the company sell its cars there. There are much bigger opportunities. Wait ’til you see what the company does with China.”

Sometimes I think Keith has a “crystal ball” in his hip pocket…

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  • Why Ford (NYSE: F) Wants to Put a Robot in Your Driver's Seat There is a cutting edge technology that could save the lives of up to 10 million people around the world over the next decade.

    If you drive a car, one of them might just be you.

    Car crashes kill about 1.2 million people worldwide each year. And let's face it, drivers are getting worse -- not better.

    Between texting, mobile e-mail and glitzy in-dash graphics, today's drivers are more distracted than ever.

    In fact, more than 90 percent of all auto accidents are caused by driver error.

    That's one of the reasons why Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) is taking the lead in producing robotic cars.

    In other words, it won't be long before you can put your car on "auto pilot."

    A Radical Change for Drivers

    Technically speaking, though, the robot wouldn't actually drive the car for you.

    Instead, the vehicle will be cram-packed with advanced sensors, computer chips, radar and software.

    Together, all these gadgets are designed to take over driving at critical times, such as when a driver wanders out of his lane.

    These autonomous features could also help combat the boredom many of today's drivers suffer in urban centers when they are stuck in traffic nearly an hour each day.

    That's not to say that today's cars are unsafe.

    Compared to vehicles from 20 years ago, today's feature-rich cars and trucks are practically like space capsules. A series of breakthroughs in design and materials have made cars safer and more sophisticated than ever before.

    And yet the roads really aren't that much safer.

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