Tesla Model 3 Samsung Batteries

Tesla Model 3: Samsung batteries not included

By on June 8, 2016 at 9:30 PM.

Tesla Model 3: Samsung batteries not included

There’s probably no objective way to quantify the value of tweets, but when the social network is used by execs to express official business-related opinions, tweets can be incredibly valuable. Take Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who recently clarified via Twitter that Tesla is working exclusively with Panasonic for Model 3 batteries. That single tweet is valued at either $580 million or $800 million, depending on whom you ask. More →

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Tesla Battery Packs

Tesla’s most impressive feat with the Model S isn’t actually the car itself

By on June 7, 2016 at 6:25 PM.

Tesla’s most impressive feat with the Model S isn’t actually the car itself

No one would argue that Tesla’s Model S and Model X are short on innovative and forward-thinking features. From gargantuan 17-inch displays on the dash to futuristic Autopilot software, Tesla has firmly established itself as a company willing to push the technological envelope and completely re-imagine the way we interact with cars.

But at the core, Tesla is and remains a battery company. Indeed, it’s hardly an exaggeration to state that the company’s advanced battery technology is what truly separates them from a growing field of competitors.

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Tesla Autopilot Logs Crash

Tesla logs exonerate Autopilot, show Model X driver accelerated into building

By on June 7, 2016 at 10:40 AM.

Tesla logs exonerate Autopilot, show Model X driver accelerated into building

A new Tesla accident made the news over the weekend, with a driver’s newly bought Model X car allegedly having driven itself right into a building – at least according to the owner. But it looks like the car’s autonomous features aren’t to blame for the incident. Instead, it’s the driver who seemingly accelerated into the side of the building, as shown by Tesla’s incredibly detailed logs.

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Tesla Autopilot Software

Tesla isn’t planning to save new autonomous driving features for the Model 3

By on June 6, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

Tesla isn’t planning to save new autonomous driving features for the Model 3

Autonomous driving is arguably poised to be the next big technological leap that will fundamentally impact the way we live our lives. As a result, it’s not at all surprising to see companies like Apple, Uber, Microsoft and a number of auto manufacturers show an increased interest in self-driving car technologies.

Of course, the company that stands at the forefront of the autonomous driving revolution is Tesla. Since releasing its Autopilot software in late 2015, it quickly became clear that a world where cars would be able to drive themselves to and fro was an achievable reality and not simply something relegated to the pages of a sci-fi novel. Tesla’s Autopilot software isn’t without its flaws — the recent Model X crash being a prime example — but Tesla is continuously working hard behind the scenes to ensure that its Autopilot software continues to improve with time.

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Tesla Model X Parking Crash

Driver crashes brand-new Tesla Model X, blames Tesla

By on June 6, 2016 at 11:20 AM.

Driver crashes brand-new Tesla Model X, blames Tesla

A new Tesla accident is being blamed on the car’s smarts going wrong. This time around, a Model X accelerated into a building while the owner was parking it. Driverless cars gone rogue, or the owner struggling with left pedal vs right pedal?

Update 4:45: According to Tesla’s logs, the accident was entirely the fault of the driver, who pressed the accelerator and drove into the building. Full statement below.

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Microsoft Autonomous Driving

Even Microsoft wants to get into the autonomous driving game

By on June 3, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

Even Microsoft wants to get into the autonomous driving game

What’s the next big thing? This is a question that has persistently hovered over the tech industry for years. With smartphones arguably on the cusp of becoming commodities, it’s only natural for us to wonder what the next technological leap is going to be. And while it may be too soon to make a bold proclamation in any particular direction, there’s a lot of evidence suggesting that self-driving cars will represent the next tectonic shift in how we live our lives.

These days, some of the biggest and well regarded tech and car companies on the planet — a list that includes Tesla, Google, Uber and Apple — are working feverishly to develop fully autonomous driving technology. And now comes word that the list is about to get even bigger.

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Shaq Lyft Video

Watch Shaq go undercover as a Lyft driver in this hilarious video

By on June 1, 2016 at 8:30 PM.

Watch Shaq go undercover as a Lyft driver in this hilarious video

There’s no denying that Uber is the 800 pound gorilla in the room when it comes to ride sharing, but whereas Uber seems to generate controversy at every turn, the company’s chief competitor — Lyft — seems to engender nothing but positive vibes. Ask any driver who works for both companies and it’s a safe bet that he/she will have more glowing things to say about working for Lyft than for Uber.

So while Lyft may not have the name recognition or jaw-dropping valuation that Uber currently boasts, Lyft undoubtedly has a leg up when it comes to promotion. As part of an ongoing series featuring celebrities going undercover as Lyft drivers, a new video posted to YouTube today showcases 7’1 NBA icon Shaquille O’Neal donning a few ridiculous and hilarious get-ups and picking up unsuspecting Lyft riders.

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Model 3 Supercharger Access

Confirmed: Model 3’s Supercharger access will cost you extra

By on June 1, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

Confirmed: Model 3’s Supercharger access will cost you extra

Tesla on Tuesday finally announced what Supercharger access means for its affordable Model 3 vehicle. Previously, the company wasn’t really clear of whether access to the charging network will be included in the base price of the upcoming electric car, or whether you’d have to pay for it. More →

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Volkswagen Dieselgate

VW hopes a Tesla-style ‘Gigafactory’ will help us forget about the lying and cheating

By on May 31, 2016 at 3:45 PM.

VW hopes a Tesla-style ‘Gigafactory’ will help us forget about the lying and cheating

VW is having some “public relations issues,” a delicate way of saying that the automaker lied to the federal government and thousands of customers about emissions. But don’t worry, because VW’s R&D department is all over fixing those pesky emissions.

According to German publication Handelsblatt, VW will be building a “multi-billion euro” factory dedicated to electric vehicles, a rival facility to Tesla’s vaunted Gigafactory. The idea, presumably, is to pivot smoothly from being a company known for its low-emissions diesel vehicles, to one known for its zero-emission EVs. Unfortunately, I suspect consumers’ memories last just a little longer than VW thinks.

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Tesla Model X Lawsuit

Model X owner files Lemon Law suit against Tesla, claims car is unsafe to drive

By on May 27, 2016 at 11:16 AM.

Model X owner files Lemon Law suit against Tesla, claims car is unsafe to drive

When designing the Model X, Tesla went more than a little bit overboard in trying to trick out its crossover SUV with as many bells and whistles as possible. Not only did Tesla’s overly ambitious development delay the launch of the Model X, it has arguably resulted in a noticeably higher number of quality control issues than we’re accustomed to seeing. Hardly a controversial point, even Tesla CEO Elon Musk has conceded that the company was far too zealous when developing the Model X.

Over the past few weeks, the number of complaints involving the Model X have continued  to roll in at a steady pace. For starters, Tesla this past April issued a recall for every Model X on the road due to a faulty locking hinge. Next, Consumer Reports published a report calling the Model X’s reliability into question. More recently, Fortune’s review of the Model X, while mostly positive, found some worrisome safety and fit and finish issues with the vehicle.

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