Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk along with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick are slated to appear on The CBS Late Show with Stephen Colbert during its premiere week in September. This is particularly interesting given that there are hints Tesla and Uber might be forming some kind of partnership in the near future. So far, Musk is mum on the subject.
Musk will be one of Colbert’s guests on his second show, September 9th, along with actress Scarlett Johansson and singer Kendrick Lamar. Kalanick is up to bat on September 10th along with musical guest Toby Keith. (You can check out Stephen Colbert’s CBS Late Show premiere week lineup here.)
Musk is no stranger to late night television. He appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2009. His upcoming appearance will come one day after Toyota reveals its redesigned next-gen Prius in Las Vegas, the first overhaul since 2009.
Aside from Prius talk, and that potential Uber partnership we mentioned, another topic of conversation could also be Musk’s Hyperloop idea. That’s the plan to build a futuristic high-speed pressurized train between Los Angeles and San Francisco that could ferry people back and forth at 700 miles an hour. This week came word that Musk’s company SpaceX and another company, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, hope to break ground on separate Hyperloop test tracks by 2016. The plan is to build a Hyperloop prototype that runs alongside Interstate 5 through five miles in the San Joaquin Valley of California.
Colbert will almost certainly have some fun with Kalanick as well. Uber may just be the most beleaguered ride-hail company ever and there is no shortage of topics to cover. One could be a new service just launched this week in San Francisco called Smart Routes, which is basically an Uber Bus Route, albeit a “private” one.