Backup Camera For Car

Add a backup camera and a DVR to any car for $71

By on August 9, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

Add a backup camera and a DVR to any car for $71

Backup cameras are fantastic, but unless you have a newer car you probably don’t have one. Then there are in-car digital video recording systems that are also an awesome feature, but they’re typically only on expensive luxury cars. What if we told you that one $83 purchase could kill two birds with one stone? It’s time to check out the Z-Edge Dual Lens Car Camera, Car Video Recorder. More →

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Apple Car Progress

Apple has its first vehicle patent, and uh that doesn’t look like a car

By on August 9, 2016 at 11:25 AM.

Apple has its first vehicle patent, and uh that doesn’t look like a car

So it looks like the vehicle people at Apple didn’t get the memo that they’re supposed to be designing a self-driving car. Instead, they’ve filed a patent for something that looks suspiciously like a tracked, articulated vehicle. Apple Tank 2020?

As first spotted by Patently Apple, the company was just granted 80 patents by the USPTO. It’s not the usual Apple patent, because rather than covering chamfered corners or digital scepters, it’s related to a steering device for an articulated vehicle.

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Porsche Model X competitor

Just look at Porsche’s ugly Model X competitor and try not to laugh

By on August 8, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

Just look at Porsche’s ugly Model X competitor and try not to laugh

Oh Porsche. We used to have respect for your design choices, but this? Why would you stick a Panamera body onto an electric SUV and send it into the wild, where you know paparazzi are waiting?

According to reports from the UK’s CAR Magazine, what you’re looking at here is a prototype Model X competitor being tested at a track in Germany. It’s a Panamera body on a compact SUV chassis with an electric drivetrain and regenerative braking, apparently. Oh, and it also rivals the PT Cruiser Convertible for the worst-designed car in automotive history.

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Tesla Autopilot Feature

Tesla’s Autopilot feature saved a man’s life by driving him to the hospital

By on August 8, 2016 at 5:00 PM.

Tesla’s Autopilot feature saved a man’s life by driving him to the hospital

Over the past few weeks, there has been quite a bit of discussion surrounding whether or not the risks associated with Tesla’s Autopilot software, in its current incarnation, outweigh the benefits it provides. The debate reached a fever pitch a few weeks ago once word broke that a Tesla owner was involved in a fatal crash when his Model S crashed into a tractor-trailer with the Autopilot feature engaged.

Since then, we’ve heard a handful of other stories involving Tesla crashes and Autopilot missteps, some of which, we should point out, have been wildly sensationalized by those who are quick to claim that Tesla should have never released Autopilot in its current form.

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Tesla Gigafactory

11 mindblowing facts about Tesla’s Gigafactory

By on August 8, 2016 at 1:15 PM.

11 mindblowing facts about Tesla’s Gigafactory

After months of endless construction, Tesla’s gargantuan Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada welcomed guests and select members of the press for a celebratory grand opening event last week. To be clear, it will still take a few more years before construction on the factory is 100% complete, but Tesla was comfortable enough with the progress it has already made to give the world a bit of a glimpse inside the massive structure.

While the opening of a factory may seem uneventful if not downright boring in a general sense, Tesla’s Gigafactory is anything but ordinary. Aside from being a physically impressive structure, the Gigafactory’s existence in and of itself is plays a crucial role in Tesla’s quest to manufacture more than 500,000 cars per year by 2020. Now in order to get make that dream a reality, Tesla needs a whole lot of batteries; and because no company on earth can handle the level of battery production Tesla needed, the company up and decided to build its own battery factory, a colossal structure appropriately called the Gigafactory.

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BMW Vs. Tesla

New BMW commercial pokes fun at Tesla’s Model 3

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

New BMW commercial pokes fun at Tesla’s Model 3

Over the weekend, BMW launched a new commercial advertising the new 330e, a sleek-looking hybrid sedan that is far more stylish than the funky looking BMW i3 and much more affordable than the jaw-dropping BMW i8.

What’s interesting about the commercial, though, is that it’s mostly a not-so-thinly-veiled jab at Tesla’s upcoming Model 3. As a quick refresher, Tesla unveiled the $35,000 Model3 this past April and has since secured more than 370,000 reservations, a particularly impressive figure given that deliveries aren’t scheduled to begin until 2017.

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Tesla Model S Crash

Tesla Model S driver blames buggy Autopilot software for highway crash

By on August 5, 2016 at 2:00 PM.

Tesla Model S driver blames buggy Autopilot software for highway crash

A Model S driver in China who recently got into a minor fender bender is laying blame for the incident squarely on Tesla’s Autopilot software. In a video uploaded to Weibo this week, we see dashcam footage of a Model S cruising down a highway whereupon it just barely scrapes by a presumably broken down car sitting partially on the shoulder and partially on the highway itself.

The incident occurred on a Beijing highway and the driver posted both video footage of the incident along with photos of the aftermath. The impact doesn’t appear to be terribly significant, but the photos reveal that more damage was done than suggested by the video.

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Tesla Model 3

Elon Musk says Tesla’s autonomous car ‘will blow people’s minds,’ and soon

By on August 4, 2016 at 6:40 PM.

Elon Musk says Tesla’s autonomous car ‘will blow people’s minds,’ and soon

During a conference call yesterday, Elon Musk gave all sorts of details about Tesla’s future plans. There’s a compact SUV and semi truck that will debuted in months not years, and a tantilising promise of autonomous driving coming soon.

Speaking about Tesla’s progress in full Level 4 autonomy, Musk said that “what we’ve got will blow people’s minds, it blows my mind …it’ll come sooner than people think.” Mysterious? Yes, but absolutely exciting.

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Tesla Model S Hack

Researchers show anyone can hack Tesla’s Autopilot software and force a crash

By on August 4, 2016 at 1:00 PM.

Researchers show anyone can hack Tesla’s Autopilot software and force a crash

The debate surrounding autonomous driving currently centers on when the technology will become sufficiently advanced such that it can truly usher in an era where cars effectively drive themselves from point A to point B with little to no human interaction.

Interestingly, though, one aspect of autonomous driving that has scarcely been mentioned focuses on the potential danger associated with hackers successfully manipulating the underlying software of a self-driving car.

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Tesla Gigafactory Launch

Watch Elon Musk unveil Tesla’s giant new factory that is definitely not a supervillain lair

By on July 29, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

Watch Elon Musk unveil Tesla’s giant new factory that is definitely not a supervillain lair

Despite his plans to nuke Mars, Elon Musk is definitely not a supervillain. Nope. And the factory he’s building in the desert, which bears an uncanny resemblance to Blofeld’s lair, is not a supervillain lair.

Don’t believe me? Well, you can watch Elon’s launch event live tonight, but really, there’s nothing to see.

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Apple Tesla Car

What is Apple doing with these brand-new Tesla Model Xs?

By on July 29, 2016 at 5:00 PM.

What is Apple doing with these brand-new Tesla Model Xs?

It’s no secret that car companies routinely buy (and tear apart) each other’s vehicles on a regular basis, either to gain intel or just for the sick pleasure of wanton destruction. So if Apple has two brand-new Model Xs sitting outside a building that’s been linked to its self-driving car division, that means Apple’s building a Model X competitor, right? Not so fast.

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Apple Car Development

Apple’s secretive car project to focus more on autonomous driving software

By on July 28, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

Apple’s secretive car project to focus more on autonomous driving software

In an interesting but not altogether surprising turn of events, Apple is reportedly recalibrating the focus and underlying goal of its long-rumored car initiative. According to a new report from Bloomberg, the primary focus of Apple’s car-oriented R&D will now center on developing advanced software capable of powering self-driving cars of the future. In turn, Apple will divert some attention away from its original goal of developing and manufacturing a branded car of its own.

To help push things along, the report adds that Apple recently tapped Dan Dodge to join Project Titan, the not-so-secretive name of the company’s automotive team. While not a household name, Dodge represents an intriguing and exciting hire for Apple. Prior to signing up to work at 1 Infinite Loop, Dodge served as the top dog within BlackBerry’s automotive software division. And before that, Dodge served as both the founder and CEO of  QNX, a company that BlackBerry acquired outright a few years ago.

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