Tesla Autopilot

Driver involved in Model X crash blasts Tesla and Elon Musk, claims Tesla drivers are ‘lab rats’

By on July 22, 2016 at 4:50 PM.

Driver involved in Model X crash blasts Tesla and Elon Musk, claims Tesla drivers are ‘lab rats’

The owner of a Tesla Model X that was involved in a highly publicized accident in Montana a few weeks ago recently published a scathing post about both Tesla and Elon Musk on the Tesla Motors Club message board.

If you recall, a man known as Mr. Pang was driving his Model X down a Montana road in the dark of night a few weeks ago when his vehicle unexpectedly veered into a guard rail, ultimately causing the car to get into a serious crash. Though the driver thankfully emerged unscathed, the accident once again called the efficacy and utility of Tesla’s Autopilot feature into question.

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Tesla Master Plan

Not everyone is excited about Tesla and Elon Musk’s ambitious master plan

By on July 21, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Not everyone is excited about Tesla and Elon Musk’s ambitious master plan

Yesterday evening, Tesla CEO Elon Musk published part two of the company’s not-so-secret master plan for automotive domination. With part one of the plan effectively accomplished – culminating with the 2017 release of the Model 3 – part two details Tesla’s ambitious plan for the future, a vision that includes electric busses, a proliferation of solar power, pickup trucks, and a fleet of fully autonomous Tesla vehicle.

In the wake of Musk’s recently published plan, some of the bigwigs on Wall Street have already begun to weigh-in on Tesla’s goals. For the most part, analysts appear to be satisfied with Musk’s vision of the future, though a few analysts expressed concern regarding Tesla’s plan to finance their grandiose ideas. As for the more immediate impact on Tesla stock, shares of the company were down 3.75% today.

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Tesla Autopilot Crash Avoidance

Tesla’s Autopilot just saved someone’s life

Tesla’s Autopilot just saved someone’s life

By on July 21, 2016 at 10:27 AM.

Tesla’s advanced Autopilot system has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. Ever since news broke that Autopilot was enabled on a Model S at the time of a fatal crash, it seems like drivers try to blame Autopilot every time a Tesla gets into an accident. Of course, Tesla’s cars have a complex logging system that can easily determine whether or not Autopilot was enabled at the time of an incident. As a result, the company is often quick to respond when public accusations are made.

But today, Autopilot is finally back in the news for a good reason instead of a bad one. According to a story shared by a Model S owner and verified by Tesla, the Autonomous features in a Model S likely saved someone’s life. More →

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Tesla Self-Driving Bus Features

Elon Musk’s vision of the Tesla electric self-driving bus of the future sounds amazing

By on July 21, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

Elon Musk’s vision of the Tesla electric self-driving bus of the future sounds amazing

Tesla’s passionate CEO is back with a second master plan, called Part Deux, 10 years after the first one was released. Elon Musk has some incredible things planned, or at least they sound amazing, including making smarter Tesla models that can drive itself better than you and even make money whenever you’re not using the vehicle. But what’s really exciting is that Tesla is working on self-driving electric trucks and buses for the future. And the Tesla bus already sounds pretty exciting. More →

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Tesla Master Plan Part Two

Here’s Elon Musk’s master plan for the future of transportation

By on July 20, 2016 at 9:05 PM.

Here’s Elon Musk’s master plan for the future of transportation

Elon Musk’s master plan: part two is here, and it’s a doozy. Rather than set out a short-term vision, he’s setting out a plan for how Tesla will save the world. No, actually.

In the plan, he’s outlining how Tesla as we know it is going to change. Forget fast sports cars: the future Tesla will feature pickup trucks, semi trailers and urban buses, with those concepts to be unveiled next year.

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$250,000 McLaren Windshield Smashed

Watch a teenager smash the windshield of a $250,000 McLaren with his skateboard

By on July 20, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Watch a teenager smash the windshield of a $250,000 McLaren with his skateboard

Hold on to your hats, folks, this story is a doozy. A $250,000 McLaren recently had its windshield utterly smashed in by a skateboard-toting teenager  who didn’t take too kindly to being honked at. And best of all, the crazy sequence events was all captured on video. It’s almost as if the introduction of smartphone video recording has been leading up to this one glorious moment for years.

Here’s how it all went down.

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Self-driving Cars Laws

Federal guidelines for autonomous vehicles due this summer

By on July 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Federal guidelines for autonomous vehicles due this summer

There are two key elements required for a driverless car to operate. One is a robust software and hardware package that can safely steer a car in any traffic conditions and deliver the passengers to the destination without any input from the driver.

The second is a legal framework that would make AI-powered cars legal. After all, carmakers can simply launch entirely or partially autonomous cars whenever they feel like it, and there are many legal conundrums to address, especially since these self-driving cars will coexist with regular cars – that means accidents won’t go away for good anytime soon.

While Tesla, Google, and a myriad of other carmakers are working on driverless platforms, lawmakers are devising the federal guidelines this new type of transportation system will require. And the first set of rules is due this summer. More →

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Mercedes-Benz Future Bus Video

Mercedes-Benz self-driving bus of the future just completed a 12-mile test trip

By on July 19, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

Mercedes-Benz self-driving bus of the future just completed a 12-mile test trip

Self-driving cars will be terribly exciting once they’re  ready for mass consumption. Carmakers are still refining the software-hardware combinations that will make driverless cars feasible, while lawmakers are coming up with the required framework that would make such vehicles legal.

What’s exciting about driverless cars is that not just personal vehicles will have such features. We’ve seen self-driving trucks race each other in Europe, and we’ve seen self-driving bus projects kick off in several regions of the world.

But Mercedes-Benz may just have the most exciting driverless bus we’ve ever laid eyes on. And it recently completed a 12-mile tour in Holland, which is a massive achievement for the industry.

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Tesla Vs Horse

Tesla Model S races a horse in this bizarrely entertaining video

By on July 19, 2016 at 12:38 PM.

Tesla Model S races a horse in this bizarrely entertaining video

As far as Tesla race videos are concerned, we thought we had seen it all. Sure, we’ve seen the videos of various Tesla models taking on all sorts of supercars, from a Model S getting absolutely torched in a race against a McLaren 650S to a Model S getting put in its place by the speed demon that is the Lamborghini Huracan. Hell, we’ve even seen video of a Tesla Model S going head to head with a Boeing 737. It doesn’t get more ridiculous and absurd than that, right?

Wrong.

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Tesla Autopilot Elon Musk

Elon Musk explains why Tesla has no plans to disable Autopilot

By on July 18, 2016 at 11:07 AM.

Elon Musk explains why Tesla has no plans to disable Autopilot

Consumer Reports last week published a somewhat bizarre missive calling for Tesla to completely disable the Autopilot software that comes equipped on the Model S and the Model X. The call for action came in the wake of three highly publicized Tesla crashes that were ostensibly caused by fundamental failures in the company’s Autopilot software. But as we highlighted last week, blaming Autopilot for the aforementioned crashes is more than a little bit misleading. In fact, in one of the accidents, Tesla discovered that Autopilot wasn’t even activated at the time of the crash.

But because the media likes to fan the flames of controversy, the narrative that Tesla’s Autopilot software was inherently unsafe began to spread like wildfire. Admittedly, Autopilot isn’t perfect and there are certainly large areas of room for improvement, but demanding that Tesla remove the feature completely, with no evidence to support such a demand, seemed short-sighted to say the least.

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Tesla Gigafactory

Tesla sends out invites for July 29 Gigafactory grand opening

By on July 18, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

Tesla sends out invites for July 29 Gigafactory grand opening

After a few weeks of decidedly negative PR and hysteria surrounding Tesla’s Autopilot software, we finally have some Tesla news that has nothing to do with autonomous driving. We’ll cut right to the chase: Tesla over the weekend began sending out invitations to the July 29 grand opening of its Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada.

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Tesla Autopilot Analysis: Why Tesla Needs to Worry

No, the hysteria over Tesla’s Autopilot is not blown out of proportion

By on July 15, 2016 at 11:40 AM.

No, the hysteria over Tesla’s Autopilot is not blown out of proportion

As someone who has written and negatively spoken at length of  Tesla, you might think it’s a bit odd that I went out and leased one. Except, even for every weakness I saw in Tesla, there were also undeniable strengths and achievements, and I wanted to experience that. With that said, we are now seeing something I have been saying for a while come true — Tesla is moving way too fast for a car company. This isn’t an iPhone, this is a car, and I believe that some of Tesla’s current and future problems are caused by a top down lack of focus and accountability.

I’m not going to make this into something incredibly high level, but instead offer up some specific examples of where Tesla’s lack of manufacturing, engineering, and safety experience puts its drivers at risk.

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