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Confirmed: Mercedes is making a Tesla Model S killer

By on July 11, 2016 at 11:51 AM.

Confirmed: Mercedes is making a Tesla Model S killer

Tesla makes the hottest electric vehicles in town, but that’s only because Tesla is the only carmaker that’s been serious about electric cars for any decent amount of time. But as Tesla tries to figure out how to manufacture and deliver its cheapest electric vehicle yet on time, Tesla’s competitors are readying plans to make their own electric cars. Among them is none other than Mercedes-Benz, a former Tesla shareholder, which will manufacture a Tesla Model S killer by 2018.

This isn’t a rumor anymore, as the German company confirmed it’s working on such a car, offering expected range, price and launch details for the vehicle. Even better, the car will be on display at this year’s Paris car show. More →

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

By on July 10, 2016 at 10:28 PM.

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.

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Tesla Autopilot Crash

A compilation of very stupid people doing very stupid things with Tesla Autopilot engaged

By on July 8, 2016 at 10:21 AM.

A compilation of very stupid people doing very stupid things with Tesla Autopilot engaged

Newsflash: People are idiots.

Tesla’s Autopilot software is an early example of technology that will soon be widely available in the United States and elsewhere. And despite a recent widely publicized fatal crash involving a man who was allegedly watching a movie when his Model S struck a tractor-trailer at speeds approaching 90MPH, autonomous driving technology has already been shown to be far safer than human drivers, even in its infancy. Prior to that crash, Teslas around the world had logged more than 130 million miles without a fatal accident.

But as we mentioned, this technology is still in its infancy and drivers should always keep their attention on the road, even while Autopilot is engaged. It’s common sense, but as the video below reminds us, not everyone has common sense. More →

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Car Theft Hackers

Car thieves are now using laptops to hack into and steal cars

By on July 7, 2016 at 10:45 PM.

Car thieves are now using laptops to hack into and steal cars

Throughout the 80s and 90s, innumerable movies and TV shows taught us that stealing a car was a relatively straightforward affair. Simply break into the front seat of a given vehicle, fuse a few wires together from underneath the dash, and just like that, you’d be well on your way.

These days, hot-wiring a car has given way to a more advanced form of car theft: computer hacking. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, enterprising thieves have begun using hacking techniques in order to break into a car’s computer, start the car’s electric ignition, and drive off without so much as making a noise.

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Mirrorless Cars BMW i8

Something important might be missing from your first smart car

By on July 7, 2016 at 8:30 PM.

Something important might be missing from your first smart car

Who needs rear- and side-view mirrors anymore, now that we’re able to add a camera to any product for next to nothing? Not only do cameras offer better viewing angles, but cars would be more aerodynamic as a result. Now, it looks like car makers in Japan might be the first ones to remove regular mirrors from new vehicles.

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Tesla Autopilot Software

Latest Tesla crash prompts new NHTSA investigation into company’s Autopilot software

By on July 7, 2016 at 6:15 PM.

Latest Tesla crash prompts new NHTSA investigation into company’s Autopilot software

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a statement indicating that it will be investigating yet another Tesla accident involving the company’s Autopilot software. The latest news stems from a July 1 incident involving a Tesla Model X that veered into a guard rail before ultimately crashing into a concrete median. When the dust settled, the driver was okay but the Model X itself was completely turned upside down.

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Tesla Model S Commercial

Elon Musk would never approve of this Tesla commercial full of drugs and guns

By on July 7, 2016 at 12:04 PM.

Elon Musk would never approve of this Tesla commercial full of drugs and guns

While most car companies have no problem with spending small fortunes on TV and print ads, you might have noticed that adverts for Tesla are conspicuously non-existent. This is no accident, nor is it surprising. With Tesla hoping to reach a manufacturing capacity of 500,000 cars by 2020, the company needs to pour every spare dollar it has into infrastructure and R&D.

In fact, throughout the company’s entire existence, the company has not ever — not even once — paid for a single piece of advertising. Not that it matters really, Tesla owners are incredibly passionate and vocal enthusiasts who effectively serve as unofficial yet effective and knowledgable brand ambassadors.

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Tesla Autopilot Software

Tesla denies Autopilot was activated at the time of recent Model X crash

By on July 6, 2016 at 2:19 PM.

Tesla denies Autopilot was activated at the time of recent Model X crash

The recent story of a Model X with Autopilot engaged crashing into a concrete median may not be what it appears to be. After checking the pertinent logs, Tesla issued a statement to the Detroit News stating that there is “no data to suggest that Autopilot was engaged at the time” of the crash.

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Another Tesla with Autopilot activated just got into a serious accident

By on July 6, 2016 at 9:21 AM.

Another Tesla with Autopilot activated just got into a serious accident

Over the past few days, the auto and tech world have been bombarded with reports emanating from a fatal May 7 crash involving a Tesla Model S. As you may recall, a Model S with Tesla’s Autopilot software engaged crashed into the side of a tractor-trailer, tragically killing the Model S driver in the process.

Well now comes word via the Detroit Free Press of yet another Tesla crash wherein the company’s Autopilot software was activated at the time of impact.

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Tesla Model X Falcon Wing

Guess what happens when you back out of a garage with your Model X’s Falcon Wing doors open

By on July 6, 2016 at 8:23 AM.

Guess what happens when you back out of a garage with your Model X’s Falcon Wing doors open

The biggest — well actually, the most unique — selling point of Tesla’s Model X also happens to be the feature that has caused Tesla the most headaches. Of course, I’m referring to the Falcon Wing doors that Elon Musk so adamantly insisted ship with the company’s crossover SUV.

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Tesla Model S Crash

This simple truck design might have prevented the fatal Tesla Model S crash

By on July 5, 2016 at 6:55 PM.

This simple truck design might have prevented the fatal Tesla Model S crash

About two months ago, a driver of a Tesla Model S was tragically killed when he crashed into the side of a tractor-trailer. In the process, the top half of the Model S was sheared off as the car — which was reportedly traveling in excess of 80 MPH — went underneath the trailer before crashing into a power pole. At the time, the driver of the Model S had the car’s Autopilot software activated.

As is to be expected, the crash has kickstarted a firestorm of debate regarding self-driving car technology. Another topic (via Treehugger) that hasn’t been addressed quite as much, but is no less important, is whether or not we should outfit tractor trailers with more safety measures. The reason to do so is obvious: according to one report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 15% of “large truck fatalities involved passenger cars striking the sides of either the tractor or trailer.”

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Tesla Model S Crash

Everything we know about the fatal Tesla Model S crash

By on July 5, 2016 at 5:53 PM.

Everything we know about the fatal Tesla Model S crash

Last week, word emerged that Tesla’s Autopilot software was being investigated by  the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) in the wake of a tragic auto accident wherein a Tesla Model S crashed into a tractor-trailer, killing the driver of the Tesla in the process. The accident occurred in Florida this past May but was only brought to the public’s attention a few days ago.

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