$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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Tesla Crashes Autopilot Software

The hysteria over Tesla’s Autopilot has been completely blown out of proportion

By on July 15, 2016 at 9:50 AM.

The hysteria over Tesla’s Autopilot has been completely blown out of proportion

Over the past few weeks, Tesla’s Autopilot software has been unfairly singled out and scrutinized as a piece of technology that Tesla recklessly deployed before being 100% ready for day-to-day use. This hysteria against all things Tesla reached a fever pitch this week when Consumer Reports published a self-righteous piece calling for Tesla to disable Autopilot until they get the technology figured out. And late on Thursday, we learned that even the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation directed a letter to Elon Musk asking him or a Tesla representative to answer a few questions.

With all of the commotion, speculation and, at times, wild accusations being thrown in Tesla’s direction, you might be forgiven for assuming that Teslas on Autopilot have been running amok like mindless zombies on The Walking Dead and causing accidents by the hundreds.

It’s time to jump back to reality.

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Consumer Reports Tesla AutoPilot

Consumer Reports urges Tesla to disable Autopilot, Tesla hits back

By on July 14, 2016 at 10:26 AM.

Consumer Reports urges Tesla to disable Autopilot, Tesla hits back

In light of the recent accidents involving Tesla vehicles under Autopilot control, Consumer Reports has urged Tesla to disable the smart cruise-control feature. However, Tesla doesn’t care that much about the warnings coming from this reputable consumer rights group.

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Tesla Drag Race

Watch a Tesla and a Ferrari get smoked by an electric van

By on July 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Watch a Tesla and a Ferrari get smoked by an electric van

It has all the makings of a good drag race — a Tesla Model S versus a Ferrari. So why is there a van sitting on the start line as well?

Atieva is an electric car startup that’s hoping to produce a luxury sedan by 2018. But along the way, it appears to have been sidetracked into making an electric van. A very fast electric van, as the aforementioned drag race demonstrates.

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Tesla Crashes

Are we being too hard on Tesla?

By on July 13, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

Are we being too hard on Tesla?

From a public relations perspective, it’s been a tough couple of weeks for Tesla. About two weeks ago, word broke that Tesla’s Autopilot software may have been at fault in a fatal accident involving a Model S, even prompting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to initiate an investigation into the matter.

Since then, two additional reports regarding Tesla vehicles crashing with the Autopilot software feature engaged have emerged. And to top it all off, Tesla may soon find itself subject to an SEC investigation for failing to disclose the aforementioned fatality to shareholders in a timely manner.

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Autonomous Car Offroad

Land Rover shows how autonomous cars will drive off-road

By on July 13, 2016 at 4:05 PM.

Land Rover shows how autonomous cars will drive off-road

The focus with autonomous cars has always been how they’ll deal with highways and cities. But assuming that the entire world hasn’t been concreted over by 2020, autonomous vehicles will have to deal with rocky trails at some point in the future.

Of course, Land Rover wants to be part of the solution, and the first step is connected cars.

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