Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, and chairman of SolarCity, attends the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 7, 2015 in Sun Valley, Idaho.
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By Benjamin Snyder
August 7, 2015

Elon Musk’s Tesla and Uber may be hitching a ride together one day in the future. That is, if Musk’s uncharacteristic silence during a call with investors was any indication.

Musk was reportedly asked about a partnership with Uber and waited six seconds to respond.

“I don’t think I should, uh, answer it,” Mashable reported him as saying during an earnings call.

The news comes after Steve Jurvetson, a Tesla board member, said that CEO Travis Kalanick would buy 500,000 autonomous cars from Tesla if the company made them by 2020.

Per Mashable, the conversation on the earnings call went like this:

During the call, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas asked Musk “is this a real business opportunity for Tesla, supplying cars for ride-sharing firms or does Tesla just cut out the middle man and sell on demand electric mobility services directly on its own platform?”

Musk responded with an excruciating six seconds of silence, before sheepishly saying Jonas’ was “an insightful question.”

“You don’t have to answer it,” replied Jonas.

“I don’t think I should, uh, answer it.”

Of course, this isn’t the only time that Musk has made, or hinted at, lofty claims about travel. His Hyperloop mode of transportation is, after all, getting closer to one day becoming a reality.

An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Steve Jurvetson as a board member of Uber.


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