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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Tesla Model S TACC Accident

Watch a Tesla Model S autonomously drive itself into a parked van

By on May 26, 2016 at 9:50 AM.

Watch a Tesla Model S autonomously drive itself into a parked van

If you just got yourself a shiny new Tesla and you can’t wait to test its self-driving capability, you really should remember that driverless cars aren’t quite ready for primetime yet and Tesla’s Autopilot features are still in beta. That means you definitely shouldn’t fall asleep behind the wheel like this guy, and you always need to be ready to take control if something goes wrong.

The following video shows you what can happen with car software that’s not finalized even when the driver is actually paying attention to the road. In it, we see a Tesla Model S crash itself into a van that’s parked partially in the lane the Model S is traveling in. More →

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Cops Texting and Driving

Don’t text and drive in Canada, or cops will bust you with this camera rig

By on May 25, 2016 at 6:50 PM.

Don’t text and drive in Canada, or cops will bust you with this camera rig

Texting and driving is a menace that’s up there with chugging vodka while at the wheel, and cops the world over are slowly cracking down on it.

But how do you catch errant texters? With a DSLR and some serious glass, if you’re Canada’s Mounties.

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Apple Car

An Apple vs Tesla showdown looks increasingly likely

By on May 25, 2016 at 1:40 PM.

An Apple vs Tesla showdown looks increasingly likely

The evidence pointing to Apple’s interest in developing an electric car is immense. As we’ve covered over the past year or so, Apple has hired a large team of engineers and executives in recent months, with expertise across all facets of the car development and manufacturing process. The most recent tidbit signaling Apple’s increased interest in an electric car comes via a Retuers report which claims that the company has begun investigating electric car charging technologies.

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Traffic Jams China

China wants to battle traffic jams with this crazy futuristic bus

By on May 24, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

China wants to battle traffic jams with this crazy futuristic bus

Traffic congestion is a problem that many cities across the globe continue to struggle with. And while some cities have come up with their own ways to deal with congestion, whether it be a push for public transportation or constructing new roads, a new initiative out of China is without a doubt the most original idea we’ve seen yet.

Meet TEB, otherwise known as a Transit Elevated Bus. TEB is essentially a bus that can drive over traffic, as evidenced by the photo above, although it’s just a concept for now. The idea for a TEB like vehicle isn’t new, but a working mini-model of the incredibly intriguing idea was recently presented at a tech expo in Beijing.

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Tesla Autopilot Video Driver Sleeping

Welcome to the future: Video shows Tesla driver sleeping at the wheel while Autopilot drives

By on May 24, 2016 at 1:29 PM.

Welcome to the future: Video shows Tesla driver sleeping at the wheel while Autopilot drives

Tesla’s Autopilot feature is awesome, and it’ll surely be a great way to “drive” your car once self-driving cars are regulated, and once Tesla deploys a more advanced version of its software. However, people driving Tesla cars should remember that Autopilot is in beta right now. That means drivers should still keep their eyes on the road and be ready to take control on a whim. It almost definitely does not mean that you can fall asleep behind the wheel and let Autopilot do its thing — we’re definitely not there yet.

But that’s exactly one driver did, and someone recorded it on video. More →

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Lyft NYC Promo

Right now, Lyft is cheaper than the subway in NYC

By on May 23, 2016 at 3:43 PM.

Right now, Lyft is cheaper than the subway in NYC

Uber and Lyft have made taking a car to get around a surprisingly affordable method of transportation. But right now, the rivalry between the two is driving prices to be ludicrously cheap.

Starting today, all weekday Lyft rides in Manhattan will be 50 percent off. And before you point out that this will screw over drivers, don’t worry — they’re getting to keep 100 percent of the non-discounted fare, with no commission going to Lyft.

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Tesla Model 3 Release Date

Will the Model 3 really ship on schedule? Some Tesla suppliers are skeptical

By on May 22, 2016 at 9:37 AM.

Will the Model 3 really ship on schedule? Some Tesla suppliers are skeptical

With a reported 373,000 reservations for the Model 3 on the books, Tesla will have to engage in a full-on production sprint in order to meet its updated production deadlines. And given that Tesla has a history of delivering cars much later than promised, not everyone is optimistic that Elon Musk and co. can make good on an unquestionably aggressive production timeline.

Just a few weeks ago, Tesla said that immense demand for the Model 3 compelled them to accelerate their manufacturing plans. Whereas Tesla initially planned to reach a manufacturing capacity of 500,000 cars by 2020, the company now hopes to reach that milestone by 2018. And to help fund such an ambitious production schedule, Tesla just this week announced its intention to raise $1.4 billion in capital via a stock sale.

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Tesla Model X Quality Control

Tesla has a serious quality problem, and it needs fixing

By on May 20, 2016 at 5:47 PM.

Tesla has a serious quality problem, and it needs fixing

There’s no denying that Tesla is an incredibly forward-thinking and innovative company that’s made some big changes to the status quo. In what seems like the blink of an eye, Tesla not only managed to normalize the concept of electric vehicles, but it also changed the way we think about the driving experience altogether.

As a direct result, Tesla is a beloved company with an adoring and exceedingly passionate fan base. But there’s only so much crap even the most passionate fans will tolerate, and with Tesla anticipating rapid growth into a much cheaper market, its quality control issues need to be sorted out — fast.

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Lamborghini Murcielago Video

Watch a Lamborghini Murcielago leave the track behind and tear up a glacier

By on May 19, 2016 at 11:15 PM.

Watch a Lamborghini Murcielago leave the track behind and tear up a glacier

Why is professional skier Jon Olsson flying around a glacier in a snow camo Lamborghini Murcielago? I think the better question would be, why wouldn’t professional skier Jon Olsson fly around a glacier in a snow camo Lamborghini Murcielago? Welcome to the Fonna Glacier Ski Resort in Jondal, Norway, which recently played host to what appears to be one of the most fun and exhilarating joyrides of all time. I hope you’re strapped in… More →

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Uber Self-Driving Car

This is Uber’s first self-driving car

By on May 19, 2016 at 9:16 AM.

This is Uber’s first self-driving car

Remember when Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said that Uber rides can be expensive because you’re paying for the “other dude in the car,” hinting that self-driving car technology would make the taxi-alternative service even cheaper? Well, Uber is indeed working on self-driving cars of its own, and we now have our first look at the company’s progress. More →

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Tesla Model 3 Preorder Numbers

Tesla: 373,000 customers waiting for the Model 3

By on May 19, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

Tesla: 373,000 customers waiting for the Model 3

Tesla’s Model 3 has been a huge success from the moment the company started preorders in early April. In the weeks that followed, Tesla execs kept saying the reservations number is approaching 400,000 units, without revealing an exact figure. More information has been made available since, and it looks like Tesla has some 373,000 Model 3 reservations, well below that 400,000 mark.

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