Uber Self-Driving Car

Photos leak of Uber’s self-driving car in the wild

By on August 26, 2016 at 4:30 PM.

Photos leak of Uber’s self-driving car in the wild

It’s been only a few days since Uber announced that it’s bringing a fleet of (supervised) self-driving cars to Pittsburgh. But in true internet fashion, we’ve already got our first pictures.

Helen Rosner, the executive editor of Eater, spotted what looks like an Uber car on the road in Pittsburgh. The Uber logos along the side hint that it might just be an Uber car, and the mass of sensors strapped to the roof suggest that this isn’t your average Uber car.

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Uber Flat Rates

Uber’s new flat fare is cheaper than the bus

By on August 25, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

Uber’s new flat fare is cheaper than the bus

New test fares being rolled out by Uber in select markets are making the ride-sharing service all new kinds of cheap. A beta program being tested in a few chosen cities scrap surge pricing and charging per-mile in favor of a flat fare for UberPool that’s the same price as a bus ticket.

According to an email seen by Business Insider UK, pricing in San Francisco is a pack of 20 rides for $20, or 40 rides for $30. On top of that base fee, you then pay $2 per ride. So, on the lower pricing, you’re paying $3 per ride for an UberPool trip.

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Self-driving Taxi Service nuTonomy

World’s first self-driving taxi is operational in Singapore, and it’s not Uber

By on August 25, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

World’s first self-driving taxi is operational in Singapore, and it’s not Uber

Uber has recently announced plans to offer clients free rides in self-driving vehicles, as it tests its driverless ride-sharing service in Pittsburgh. However, Uber isn’t the only ride-hailing company that’s pursuing such car technology, as the world’s first driverless taxi trail is now operational in Singapore. More →

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Fastest Cars In The World

Where does Tesla’s new Model S P100D rank among the world’s fastest cars?

By on August 24, 2016 at 10:08 AM.

Where does Tesla’s new Model S P100D rank among the world’s fastest cars?

Tesla CEO Elon Musk once boasted that Tesla doesn’t know how to make slow cars; and true to form, Tesla on Tuesday announced a new 100kWh battery option that ups the already impressive 0-60 time on the Model S to record levels. With the new P100D option, a Tesla Model S in Ludicrous mode can go from 0-60 MPH in just 2.5 seconds flat, easily making it the fastest production car on the planet.

In light of Tesla’s jaw-dropping announcement, we thought it’d be fun to take a look at the world’s fastest cars. Note that in putting together this list we’re not looking at overall top speed, but raw acceleration from 0-60 off the starting line. Also note that while there are two cars that can best Tesla’s Model S, the Model S is the fastest car that you can pick up today brand new.

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Faraday Future Prototype Car

This might be a first glipse of Faraday Future’s mysterious Tesla-killer

By on August 23, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

This might be a first glipse of Faraday Future’s mysterious Tesla-killer

Tesla may be at the forefront of the electric car revolution, but there are plenty of companies looking to create similar products. One of them is the recently announced Faraday Future, which plans to launch electric vehicles of its own in the future. One of them might be the following prototype, which was spotted driving around Los Angeles wearing heavy camouflage.

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Tesla P100D 0-60

Tesla’s crazy new Model S P100D is the fastest production car in the world

By on August 23, 2016 at 3:37 PM.

Tesla’s crazy new Model S P100D is the fastest production car in the world

Teslas have always been fast. But with the addition of a new 100kWh battery option for the Model S, Tesla now builds a car that can do 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. That’s about as fast as it takes you to even say “P100D.”

The bigger battery and faster Ludicrous mode is the biggest part of new updates unveiled today. The new battery option will be available in both the Model S and Model X starting immediately, with those cars running at $134,5000 and $135,500 respectively. Older P90D versions can be upgraded for the low, low price of $20,000.

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Tesla Model S Leasing Plans

Tesla’s new offer will tide you over until your Model 3 arrives

By on August 22, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Tesla’s new offer will tide you over until your Model 3 arrives

Hundreds of thousands of people have pre-ordered a Tesla Model 3, which means hundreds of thousands of people are currently waiting impatiently for their next car. The two-year wait is a long time to be without new wheels, so Tesla has a new offer that should help pass the time.

For a limited time, the company will offer two-year leases on the Model S and Model X. It’s not explicitly angled at people waiting for a Model 3, but it’s a solid way for buyers who can’t wait two years to get in a Tesla for less than $600 a month.

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Tesla Model S Stolen

Two Model S cars were stolen despite Tesla’s advanced tech

By on August 22, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

Two Model S cars were stolen despite Tesla’s advanced tech

You’d have thought that nobody can steal your Tesla thanks to its advanced tracking system. Thieves foolish enough to try to get away with it could be easily caught with the help of the on-board GPS. However, that’s not really the case. Tesla cars are incredibly valuable, which means thieves will do whatever it takes to grab one and leave no traces behind. In fact, at least two such thefts have already been reported in Europe. More →

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Lyft

Apple recently entertained the idea of acquiring Lyft

By on August 21, 2016 at 1:26 PM.

Apple recently entertained the idea of acquiring Lyft

As Apple’s interest in the automotive world increases, it perhaps should come as no surprise that the company earlier this year held talks with Lyft to discuss the prospect of an all-out acquisition. According to a report in The New York Times, Lyft in recent months has been increasingly pro-active about sitting down with potential buyers as the company contemplates the future of its popular ridesharing service.

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Tesla Autopilot

Another week, another Tesla crash involving Autopilot

By on August 19, 2016 at 4:30 PM.

Another week, another Tesla crash involving Autopilot

It seems that we can’t even go a week these days without hearing about yet another Tesla crash involving the company’s Autopilot software. The latest incident comes to us by way of Texas where Model S owner Mark Molthan turned on his car’s Autopilot feature while driving down a highway during ideal weather conditions. During a bend in the road, the Model S didn’t adjust to the turn and slammed into a guard rail.

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Tesla Autopilot 2.0

Tesla’s advanced Autopilot 2.0 features may be available as a retrofit on older models

By on August 18, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

Tesla’s advanced Autopilot 2.0 features may be available as a retrofit on older models

The autonomous driving software that powers Tesla vehicles will be getting a huge upgrade once Tesla rolls out the second iteration of its Autopilot software. Not only will the software itself be smarter, but it will be bolstered by enhanced hardware that will come in the form of additional radar units and camera systems all around the car.

Tesla’s updated Autopilot software is reportedly in beta testing at the moment and will also accompany an updated UI on the dash that will more accurately display other cars on the road along with the direction and angle they are moving in. Other rumored features include the ability to identify and react to both stop signs and traffic lights.

All that said, current Tesla owners with Autopilot enabled vehicles may naturally be wondering if they’ll soon be left using outdated, and in turn, riskier hardware once Tesla vehicles fitted with the company’s latest and greatest hardware begin rolling off the line.

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Tesla Autopilot Fail

Watch Tesla’s Autopilot take on one of America’s most treacherous roads

Watch Tesla’s Autopilot take on one of America’s most treacherous roads

By on August 18, 2016 at 1:21 PM.

Compared to similar offerings out there, Tesla’s Autopilot system is a cut above the rest. The system is hardly perfect and Tesla has been the target of plenty of critics who continue to pan the company, saying it uses its customers as beta testers. Tesla warns drivers that its Autopilot solution is not a fully autonomous system, and it recommends that drivers keep their hands on the wheel and their foot near the brake at all times. Accidents involving Autopilot are still widely publicized though, especially the recent fatal Model S crash we’ve all heard so much about.

With an Autopilot 2.0 system on the way, Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving system will continue to be widely covered by the media in the coming months, and everyone is excited to see the progress the company has made. In the meantime, people continue to push the limits of Autopilot and a new video pits Tesla’s semi-autonomous tech against one of the most treacherous highways in America. More →

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