Free Uber Self-Driving Rides

Self-driving Uber rides are coming this summer, and they’ll be free of charge

By on August 18, 2016 at 8:10 AM.

Self-driving Uber rides are coming this summer, and they’ll be free of charge

“The reason Uber could be expensive is because you’re not just paying for the car — you’re paying for the other dude in the car,” Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick infamously said in mid-2014 during an interview. The statement may have seemed overly insensitive for that other dude in the car that made Uber a hit service. But Kalanick was also right. And it looks like Uber will be the first company in the world that will make self-driving rides available to the public. They’ll be available in Pittsburgh this summer, and they’ll be free of charge. Oh, and to make it all happen, Uber is putting two other dudes in the car with you. More →

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Tesla Model 3

Tesla just hired a key Apple engineer to help improve Model 3 reliability

By on August 17, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

Tesla just hired a key Apple engineer to help improve Model 3 reliability

With Tesla now planning to manufacture 500,000 cars by 2018 — an ambitious goal to say the least — the company will need to get a much better handle on quality control issues. Especially with the highly anticipated Model 3 release looming on the horizon, Tesla will have to do everything in its power to ensure that the Model 3 doesn’t experience the same type of quality control issues that plagued the Model X when it launched not too long ago.

Over the past few years, Tesla has been afforded quite a bit of slack with respect to quality control problems, in part because the company was relatively new and in part because its pool of passionate users seemed willing to overlook quite a bit. But with upwards of 400,00o reservations for the Model 3 alone, Tesla’s grace period has arguably come and gone and the company will need to be at the top of its game if the Model 3 is to become the EV for the mass market that Tesla has long envisioned.

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Why Hyperloop Won't Work

Why Hyperloop will never work in the United States

By on August 17, 2016 at 7:49 PM.

Why Hyperloop will never work in the United States

A few years ago, definitely-not-Iron-Man Elon Musk unveiled his concept for the future of transportation: small train cars travelling in a tube with low air pressure and levitated by magnets, which could travel at the speed of planes for a fraction of the cost. Numerous companies are working to make his idea a reality, but for the United States, it’s all going to be in vain.

This video from YouTuber Wendover Productions lays out all the reasons that conventional trains have never caught on as passenger transport in the US. It’s a combination of factors, but as the reasoning is laid out, you realize that basically everything that stops high-speed trains will also make Hyperloop dead on arrival.

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Ford Full Self Driving Car

There’s finally a major car company more ambitious than Tesla

By on August 17, 2016 at 5:10 PM.

There’s finally a major car company more ambitious than Tesla

The wild success Tesla experienced with the Model S clearly demonstrated that not only is there a viable market for EVs but that electric cars may very well be where the entire auto industry is headed. In a similar vein, the work that Tesla is carrying out with its Autopilot software is influencing other established players within the auto industry to devote an ever-increasing proportion of R&D dollars towards self-driving car technologies.

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Cadillac CT6 Review

Inside the CT6: It doesn’t take a Tesla to surround yourself with tech

Inside the CT6: It doesn’t take a Tesla to surround yourself with tech

By on August 17, 2016 at 11:53 AM.

The conversation surrounding Tesla and its lineup of electric vehicles has changed over the past 12 months or so. “Electric” had been at the center of every Tesla conversation for a long time. Tesla succeeded not only in creating an electric car that was desirable and popular, it forced the entire industry to dive into EVs years earlier than they otherwise would have. A decade earlier, perhaps.

So now, conversations involving Tesla typically focus on technology. The Model S and Model X are packed full of exciting new tech, Autopilot has been a game-changer, and Tesla’s over the air software update system is nothing short of revolutionary for the automotive industry. Who would’ve thought even a few years ago that you could park your car in the garage one night and wake up the next morning with new features?

But Tesla is hardly the only game in town when it comes to exciting new tech. More →

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VW Electric Car 2016

Good news: VW will unveil a new all-electric car next month, so it can’t cheat on emissions

By on August 17, 2016 at 9:30 AM.

Good news: VW will unveil a new all-electric car next month, so it can’t cheat on emissions

It will cost Volkswagen billions of dollars to climb out of the deep hole that was dug when it was discovered that the company had been cheating on emissions. Using special software that was developed in-house, VW’s diesel cars were able to sense when they were being tested and reduce their emissions during the tests. Then, once the tests were completed, emissions levels would elevate far above legal levels, increasing the engine’s power and fuel economy as a result.

The 80-year-old automaker is still in the early stages of rebuilding, but its next move will at least put it on a track where it cannot repeat the mistakes of the past. More →

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Tesla Model S Races

Forget Tesla, Rimac’s Concept One EV is the speed demon of our dreams

By on August 16, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

Forget Tesla, Rimac’s Concept One EV is the speed demon of our dreams

At this point, you might be forgiven for thinking that Tesla’s Model S has run out of things to race against. Over the past few months, we’ve seen a Tesla race a Boeing 737 down a runway, a Model S take on a motorcycle (it wasn’t even close) and even a Model S race (and get smoked by) a McLaren 650S.

But seemingly every week, a new Tesla race video emerges, and like Pavlolv’s dog, we can’t help but watch again and again. The latest installment of a Tesla Model S being put to the test comes to us courtesy of Archie Hamilton Racing who recently decided to pit the fastest Tesla available — a Model S  P90D in Ludicrous Mode — against the fastest electric car on the planet, a Concept_One car from Rimac.

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Top Cars Of 2016

A full look at Jeremy Clarkson’s top 10 all-star rides of 2016

By on August 15, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

A full look at Jeremy Clarkson’s top 10 all-star rides of 2016

Controversial media personality and automotive journalist Jeremy Clarkson may not be on Top Gear anymore, but he’s still giving us the goods on some of the world’s most impressive cars. In a recent column for the Sunday Times, Clarkson gets back down to basics and gives us his list of the top 10 cars of 2016 that warrant your undivided attention.

While lists that tend to rank items like the best cars tend to engender a whole lot of debate and disagreement, it’s hard to argue with Clarkson’s list here. Especially in an era where car advancements tend to hit the market at a furious clip, it takes much more these days for a car to warrant and deserve the spotlight. As Clarkson tells it: “A car must have something to elevate it from the norm. It may be speed, or cleverness, or the fizz, or styling to die for. But there must be something. Something that makes you excited every time you climb inside. Because if it doesn’t, then it’s just a tool. And if it’s just a tool, you may as well use the bus.”

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Tesla Model S Fire

A Tesla Model S burst into flames while someone was test driving it

By on August 15, 2016 at 12:30 PM.

A Tesla Model S burst into flames while someone was test driving it

Over the weekend, a Tesla Model S 90D in France while it was being taken out for a test drive. In a post originally published to Reddit, the Model S was driving along with three passengers in the car when, all of a sudden there was a loud noise followed by a message on the dash which said, “Problems with charging.”

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Volvo S90 Self Driving

Taking a page from Tesla’s playbook, Volvo now advertises its cars as ‘self-driving’

By on August 12, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

Taking a page from Tesla’s playbook, Volvo now advertises its cars as ‘self-driving’

For as much as people hate on Tesla, it’s impossible to ignore that the company’s success has had a discernible impact on the auto industry at large. Tesla may have started out as a curiosity, but the resounding success of the Model S helped convince big time auto manufacturers to take electric vehicles more seriously.

Another area where Tesla has had an impact on the auto industry is in regards to self-driving car technology. While some of the features that came with the original incarnation of Tesla’s Autopilot suite were already available in some luxury cars, Tesla’s implementation of self-driving features was by far the broadest and most ambitious.

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Tesla Model S P100D

New Tesla Model S P100D with 380 miles of range looks like it’s coming soon

By on August 12, 2016 at 4:15 PM.

New Tesla Model S P100D with 380 miles of range looks like it’s coming soon

Over the past few months, there have been a number of indications hinting at Tesla’s plans to introduce a 100 kWh battery pack option. Most notably, hacker Jason Hughes this past March was poking around in Tesla’s firmware and stumbled across some code suggesting that Tesla was working on a Model S P100D.

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Tesla Model X Autopilot

How Tesla’s Autopilot feature prevented a Model X from getting into a serious accident

By on August 11, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

How Tesla’s Autopilot feature prevented a Model X from getting into a serious accident

Tesla’s Autopilot software has been a point of controversy for quite a few weeks now. Indeed, it seems that we can’t even go one week without hearing a story about a Tesla driver turning on the Autopilot feature and ultimately getting into some type of crash or accident. Just last week a Model S driver in China uploaded dashcam footage of his Model S scraping a car that was sitting on the shoulder of the road.

Upon analyzing the car’s logs, Tesla discovered that the driver didn’t have his hands on the wheel at the time of the accident, ultimately, and somewhat curiously, laying blame for the incident on the driver.

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