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  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by yuriburi
    +38 +1

    Elon Musk Admits Humans Can’t Be Trusted with Tesla’s Autopilot Feature

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk (indirectly) made a striking admission yesterday: the autonomous driving features his company recently launched are too dangerous. On an earnings call with investors, Musk said that “additional constraints” will be added in response to evidence that people have pushed the feature too far. “There’s been some fairly crazy videos on YouTube,” he said. “This is not good.”

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by TNY
    +37 +1

    Tesla Now Faces a Billionaire-Backed Competitor Staffed by Its Former Engineers

    Is there room enough for both Tesla Motors and Faraday Future in our electric-car, uh, future? A Chinese billionaire is backing what hopes to be a rival to Elon Musk's enterprise. The 18-month-old company, based out of Southern California, aims to roll out its first long-range, premium model, comparable to Tesla's Model S, by 2017. The engineer who oversaw the chassis design of the Model S, Nick Sampson, is now Faraday's research-and-development chief.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Pfennig88
    +52 +1

    Tesla Recalls All 90,000 Model S Cars to Check Seat Belts

    Tesla Motors Inc. said it’s conducting its largest-ever recall of all 90,000 Model S cars because of a single report of a front seat belt not being properly connected. The shares fell. “Tesla recently found a Model S in Europe with a front seat belt that was not properly connected to the outboard lap pretensioner,” the company said in an e-mail to customers Friday. “This vehicle was not involved in a crash and there were no injuries.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +17 +1

    Tesla wants to make fully self-driving cars happen way ahead of schedule

    A week and a half ago, we learned that Tesla is on a quest to hire more engineers to accelerate the development of its self-driving car technologies. Tesla was already no slouch in the autonomous-vehicle world, having released its Autopilot feature into the wild just over a month ago. We sampled Autopilot as soon as it hit the streets and were quite impressed, to put it mildly.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by wondaROY
    +38 +2

    Porsche is challenging Tesla with an electric car that goes 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds

    Porsche is seriously in the mood to top the game in the field of electric cars. The company announced in a blog post that it will invest $1 billion to make the Mission E, an electric car that goes from Zero to 100km per hour(62mph) in 3.5 seconds. According to the post, the car gets recharged 80% of its battery in 15 minutes and travels for 310 miles on 1 single charge.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +58 +1

    Tesla Model S Can Now Drive Without You

    Well, authorities in Hong Kong aren’t going to like this one bit. Back in November, they told Tesla to remotely disable its semiautonomous driving technology until they can confirm that the features, released in mid October, are safe. They were concerned (sort of understandably) by widely reported hijinks by drivers who were using Tesla’s new Autopilot software to shave and sit in the backseat of the car, among other things.

  • Video/Audio
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +21 +1

    Green Cars – Tesla Model S vs V8 Supercar

    Ever wondered about the benefits of electric cars for those of us that don’t want to sacrifice performance simply to drive an eco car ? What about how the Tesla Model S would perform against a high performance race car? In this video we find out when the crew from caradvice.com put the Tesla Model S through its paces against a 650+ horsepower V8 racing supercar and the world’s fastest four-door production car in a drag race of epic proportions.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by zobo
    +31 +1

    How Elon Musk Stole My Car

    With a new baby on the way, I was in the market for a new vehicle. I scheduled a test-drive with Tesla Motors (Tesla) in mid-November, and was on the fence about purchasing a Tesla. I had some questions which I emailed my test-drive consultant, but didn’t receive any response and I wasn’t particularly in love with the car, so I let it go. A few weeks later, I was talking to a friend of mine who had just leased a Tesla. I explained my experience, and how I felt the price...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ubthejudge
    +29 +1

    Tesla just quietly snagged the Tesla.com domain

    Since 1992, the domain Tesla.com has been owned by an engineer and Nikola Tesla fan named Stu Grossman, to the chagrin of Tesla Motors, which was forced to settle for Teslamotors.com as the broader domain sat mostly unused. But no longer: the company has obtained Tesla.com, which is now redirecting visitors to Teslamotors.com.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +34 +1

    Tesla Withstands GM-Backed Effort to Ban Direct Sales in Indiana

    Tesla Motors Inc. prevailed Thursday in Indiana, where lawmakers sidelined a bill that would have kicked the company out of the state unless it establishes dealerships. Tesla, led by Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk, is licensed to sell its electric cars directly to consumers in Indiana and has operated one store in Indianapolis for two years. State Representative Kevin Mahan introduced a bill, which General Motors Co. lobbying helped to create...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by doodlegirl
    +31 +1

    EVs will be cheaper than gasoline-powered cars by mid-2020s

    Continuing drops in lithium-ion battery prices mean that electric vehicles (EVs) will be less expensive to own than gas or diesel-powered vehicles as soon as the 2020s, according to a new report. The report, by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, calculated that EVs' total cost of ownership will become cheaper on an unsubsidized basis than that of internal combustion engine cars by the mid-2020s. This will occur even if gas-powered...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by funhonestdude
    +10 +1

    New Tesla Model 3 details revealed one month before its big unveiling

    The Tesla Model 3 may very well be the most highly anticipated vehicle the car industry has seen in years. Set to be unveiled on March 31 with mass production and deliveries slated to begin in late 2017, the Model 3 represents the culmination of Elon Musk’s big bet on electric vehicles leaping into the mainstream. And with a pricetag of $35,000 before incentives, the car will certainly be affordable enough to have a significant impact on the auto industry at large.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +38 +1

    Man hacks Tesla firmware, finds new model, has car remotely downgraded

    It seems Tesla is set to bump the battery capacity of its Model S sedan up to a hefty 100kWh some time in the near future. We know this thanks to the work of a white-hat hacker and Tesla P85D owner named Jason Hughes. Hughes—who previously turned the battery pack from a wrecked Tesla into a storage array for his solar panels—was poking around in the latest firmware of his Model S (version 2.13.77) and discovered an image of...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +56 +1

    Tesla unveils its $35,000 Model 3

    Tesla says its Model 3 will be the best $35,000 car you can buy.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by baron778
    +19 +1

    Tesla seriously underestimated Model 3 demand

    It won't shock you to hear that Tesla low-balled demand for the Model 3, but by how much? Er... quite a bit, actually. Elon Musk has revealed that his company expected "1/4 to 1/2" of the pre-orders it got (252,000 worldwide as of this writing) for its first semi-affordable electric car. While he'd expected lineups at Tesla stores, he figured that there would be "maybe 20-30 people" in queue at a given shop -- not the hundreds that showed up at some places. As a token of appreciation...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by sjvn
    +42 +1

    Tesla's Model 3 now has 325K pre-orders -- and $14.5B in potential sales

    Tesla today updated the number of pre-orders for its upcoming Model 3 sedan, which will have a starting price of $35,000. So far, potential buyers have plopped down a collective $325 million to reserve cars.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +2 +1

    Putting the Tesla HEPA Filter and Bioweapon Defense Mode to the Test

    Air pollution has a significant and pervasive impact on public health. According to the World Health Organization, it is now considered "the world's largest single environmental health risk," with more than three million people dying every year as a result. This is more than twice the number of people that die in vehicle accidents each year.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by 8mm
    +28 +1

    Inside the Gigafactory That Will Decide Tesla’s Fate

    To get to Tesla’s Gigafactory, you drive east from Reno, Nevada, turn into a sprawling industrial center, and make a left on Electric Avenue. The high desert landscape dwarfs everything, even the vast white building with the red stripe along the top. As you reach the gate with the security guard, the breadth of Tesla’s ambitions becomes clear. Even the name itself suggests more to come: Gigafactory 1.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by messi
    +36 +1

    Tesla accused of exploiting cheap labor to make its factories (updated)

    Tesla may pride itself on making the world a better place through eco-friendly electric cars, but it's not immune to ethical concerns. Mercury News has discovered that at least one of Tesla's contractors has been using sub-contracted, low-paid labor (as little as $5 per hour) from eastern Europe to work on the automaker's facilities.

  • Video/Audio
    2 years ago
    by aj0690
    +37 +1

    Tesla Model S driver caught sleeping at the wheel while on Autopilot

    While daily commuters could relatively soon be able to fall asleep in their car and wake up at their destination, currently there’s no commercially available autonomous driving system that allow so little control over a vehicle – even Tesla’s fairly advanced semi autonomous system: the Autopilot. Yet it doesn’t stop people from abusing the technology as evidenced by a Tesla Model S driver caught on camera while apparently sleeping at the wheel. The Autopilot’s Autosteer and active cruise control appear to be moving the vehicle in heavy traffic while the driver is filmed looking like he is asleep in a GIF posted to Imgur earlier today.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Nelson
    +10 +1

    North Carolina denies Tesla a dealership license

    North Carolina denied Tesla Motors’ bid to attain a second dealership license in the state, saying the automaker must go through a third-party dealership group. The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles ruled Friday that Tesla did not meet the requirements to become exempt from state law prohibiting manufacturers from owning dealerships. Tesla had hoped to open a second North Carolina dealership location at its existing gallery and service center in Matthews, N.C., a suburb of Charlotte. The company has one dealership in the state, in Raleigh.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by mtnrg
    +30 +1

    Tesla's Gigafactory grand opening to take place July 29

    The company's giant battery manufacturing facility outside Reno, Nevada will be celebrating a grand opening in just two months' time.

  • Video/Audio
    2 years ago
    by sjvn
    +30 +1

    Elon Musk did everything but confirm that Tesla Model 3 will be fully autonomous [Video]

    Following the Tesla Model 3 unveil in March, CEO Elon Musk said that a “part 2” unveiling event will follow “closer to production”, which is set to start in late 2017. He ad…

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by hiihii
    +42 +1

    Tesla logs show that Model X driver hit the accelerator, Autopilot didn’t crash into building on its own

    Earlier this morning, we reported on a strange Model X accident that ended with the SUV crashing into a building in Irvine, California. Fortunately, no one was severely injured in the accident, but the Model X owner claims that the vehicle accelerated on its own while entering a parking space and the driver was unable to decelerate before it ‘autonomously’ crashed into the building.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +28 +1

    Tesla willing to share data to get to autonomy Level 4 faster

    Tesla's Elon Musk knows the U.S. government wants solid proof that autonomous cars are much safer than human drivers and has offered to share Tesla data. Level 4 autonomy is the goal, where you get in the car, tell it your destination, and sit back.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +36 +1

    A Grain of Salt

    A few things need to be cleared up about the supposed safety of Model S suspensions: First, there is no safety defect with the suspensions in either the Model S or Model X. Since we own all of our service centers, we are aware of every incident that happens with our customer cars and we are aware of every part that gets replaced. Whenever there is even a potential issue with one of those parts, we investigate fully. This, combined with extensive durability testing, gives us high confidence in our suspensions. With respect to the car that is discussed in the blog post that led to yesterday’s news (more on the blog post below), the suspension ball joint experienced very abnormal rust. We haven’t seen this on any other car, suggesting a very unusual use case. The car had over 70,000 miles on it and its owner lives down such a long dirt road that it required two tow trucks to retrieve the car. (One to get the car to the highway and one to get it from the highway to the service center.) When we got the car, it was caked in dirt.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +41 +1

    Tesla’s Betting You’ll Pay $9,000 for a Software Upgrade

    Tesla’s Betting You’ll Pay $9,000 for a Software Upgrade. Will customers be willing to pay to take full advantage of equipment that’s already on the car?

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +32 +1

    Tesla Makes Offer to Acquire SolarCity

    Tesla’s mission has always been tied to sustainability. We seek to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transportation by offering increasingly affordable electric vehicles. And in March 2015, we launched Tesla Energy, which through the Powerwall and Powerpack allow homeowners, business owners and utilities to benefit from renewable energy storage. It’s now time to complete the picture. Tesla customers can drive clean cars and they can use our battery packs to help consume energy more efficiently, but they still need access to the most sustainable energy source that’s available: the sun.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by drakegreek
    +31 +1

    'Tesla Solar' wants to be the Apple store for electricity

    Tesla Motors Inc. 's bid to buy the biggest U.S. rooftop solar installer has little to do with selling cars. Rather, it's about solving two of the biggest problems standing in the way of the next solar boom. And perhaps a good deal more.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by baron778
    +50 +1

    Fatal crash of Tesla Model S in Autopilot mode leads to investigation by federal officials

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is opening a preliminary evaluation into Tesla’s autopilot feature after the fatal crash of a Model S that was in self-driving mode, the electric automaker said Thursday.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Pfennig88
    +24 +1

    Electric car pioneer Tesla misses production targets

    US electric carmaker Tesla has said it will fall short of its annual shipment targets, sparking worries about its production capabilities. Tesla shipped 14,370 cars in the second quarter, missing its target of 17,000. The missed production goals come at a crucial time for Tesla. The company is still in the headlines after the driver of a Tesla car using self-driving technology died in Florida last month after colliding with a lorry.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by rhingo
    +41 +1

    A Second Self-Driving Tesla Crash Is Reported

    Are drivers relying too much on technology?

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +36 +1

    Elon Musk to deliver Tesla’s ‘Top Secret Masterplan’ later this week

    While most of the world was busy playing Pokeman over the weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter and said that he’s been working on part 2 of Tesla’s somewhat infamous “Top Secret Masterplan.” And because Musk is not one to shy away from a good tease, he added that he may release it as early as this week. The tweet itself is rather concise, but is nonetheless worth getting excited about.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by tukka
    +24 +1

    Tesla under investigation for possible breach of securities law, WSJ reports

    Tesla is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, The Wall Street Journal reported, for a possible securities law breach. What’s at issue is whether the electric vehicle company should have notified shareholders immediately following a fatal accident on May 7 that killed a Tesla Model S owner who was using Autopilot at the time of the crash. A spokesperson for Tesla said that the car company has not yet heard from the SEC regarding this matter.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +34 +1

    Master Plan, Part Deux

    The first master plan that I wrote 10 years ago is now in the final stages of completion. It wasn't all that complicated and basically consisted of: 1. Create a low volume car, which would necessarily be expensive. 2. Use that money to develop a medium volume car at a lower price. 3. Use that money to create an affordable, high volume car... And... Provide solar power. No kidding, this has literally been on our website for 10 years. The reason we had to start off with step 1 was that it was all I could afford to do with what I made from PayPal. I thought our chances of success were...