Tesla Model S Summon Crash Logs

Tesla keeps incredibly detailed logs of how you use a car’s autonomous features

By on May 12, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

Tesla keeps incredibly detailed logs of how you use a car’s autonomous features

A few days ago, a Model S parked itself using the Summon auto-park feature, crashing into a trailer in the process. The car’s sensors and software did not detect the trailer’s high bed and the car crashed into it. The driver discovered everything when he and a second person came out of a nearby building. When asked to explain the event, Tesla blamed the driver, saying that the Summon feature is activated by the user and that any Tesla driver looking to take advantage of it agrees to supervise the vehicle while it’s parking itself, to take control in case something unexpected happens.

While the driver wasn’t happy with Tesla’s response, it turns out that the company keeps incredibly detailed logs of how you interact with your car. More →

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Tesla Model S Summon Crash

Model S software crashes car, but Tesla blames the driver

By on May 11, 2016 at 4:30 PM.

Model S software crashes car, but Tesla blames the driver

You may love your Tesla, but that doesn’t make it any less prone to accidents than other cars. If you want an example, consider that a Tesla driver in Utah recently found that his Model S loaner had parked itself automatically into the back of a trailer.

After analyzing logs, the carmaker told him that he’s the only person to blame for the accident. Apparently, the car’s auto-parking feature was initiated, which is why the car hit the back of the trailer. More →

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Tesla Model 3 Production Challenges

Tesla’s ambitious Model 3 production plan faces steep hurdles

By on May 11, 2016 at 1:46 PM.

Tesla’s ambitious Model 3 production plan faces steep hurdles

Even Tesla has been surprised by just how popular its Model 3 has been. With around 400,000 preorders, Tesla recently adopted a new production plan that would see it manufacture half a million vehicles a year in 2018, or two years faster than initial projections. Tesla also set an internal deadline for producing the Model 3, one that it confirmed it won’t be able to meet. As Tesla said, Model 3 production will actually depend on a lot of factors, many outside its reach.

And in a recently filed SEC document, Tesla went into further details about the challenges it will face when producing the Model 3.
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Tesla Model 3 Motor Trend

Motor Trend scores an exclusive look at Tesla’s Model 3

By on May 10, 2016 at 1:28 PM.

Motor Trend scores an exclusive look at Tesla’s Model 3

Regardless of how long it will actually take to ship, the Tesla Model 3 is definitely the talk of the auto industry so far this year. After racking up over 400,000 reservations, the Model 3 has shown it has the potential to significantly disrupt the auto industry and pave the way for the future of electric cars.

Motor Trend recently took a trip to Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada and got some exclusive photos and video footage of the Model 3, while also getting some new commentary from Tesla representatives explaining the car’s design. More →

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Electric Ferrari

Company creates the world’s first all-electric Ferrari

By on May 10, 2016 at 12:30 AM.

Company creates the world’s first all-electric Ferrari

Despite the increasing popularity of Tesla, and despite the fact that even luxury automakers like BMW and Porsche have warmed up to the idea of EVs, Ferrari remains principally opposed to the idea. Not too long ago, Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne said that the idea of developing a Ferrari without a standard internal combustion engine would be “an almost obscene concept” and something Ferrari would never even contemplate.

Thankfully, a company called Electric GT not only contemplated the idea, but actually put together an all-electric Ferrari. The team at Electric GT managed to find a 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS that was burned in a fire and was destined for the scrapyard, the car seemingly burned beyond repair. Seizing the opportunity, Electric GT rescued the car and swiftly got to work.

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Tesla Gigafactory

New photos of Tesla’s mammoth Gigafactory emerge

By on May 9, 2016 at 6:15 PM.

New photos of Tesla’s mammoth Gigafactory emerge

With more than 400,000 Tesla Model 3 reservations already on the books, it’s no secret that Tesla will have to kick things into high gear to ensure that reservation holders won’t need to wait until 2020 to receive their car.

To address such concerns, Tesla during its earnings conference call this past Wednesday announced a more aggressive production timeline that will see the company aim to manufacture 500,000 vehicles in 2018, two years ahead of its initial 2020 projection. In fact, Tesla CEO Elon Musk went so far as to boldly predict that Tesla by 2017 will see Model 3 production fall in the 100,000 to 200,000 range.

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Uber Rates NYC

Here’s how Uber plans to kill buses

By on May 9, 2016 at 2:00 PM.

Here’s how Uber plans to kill buses

For right now, Uber is only focused on putting taxis out of business. But in the long run, the company wants to be the ultimate way to get from A to B, and that means challenging public transit like buses. A new option for $5 fixed-rate rides in New York City gives us a peek at how that might work.

UberPool is an existing option that allows multiple riders going to similar destinations to split the cost of a ride. What Uber is now offering in downtown Manhattan is a flat-rate version of the same. For rides starting and ending below 110th Street during rush hour, Uber will simply charge you a $5 flat rate. More importantly, that rate is fixed–no surge pricing. During the mornings, you’ll have to walk to a nearby intersection to get picked up, whereas on nights and weekends, you’ll get taken from door to door.

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Tesla Model S Accident

5 passengers survive after Tesla Model S flies 82 feet through the air in an insane crash

By on May 8, 2016 at 11:30 AM.

5 passengers survive after Tesla Model S flies 82 feet through the air in an insane crash

Tesla is the most talked about carmaker these days, and a new report goes to show why buyers are impressed with the company’s designs. This time, we’re not talking about impressive efficiency or smart features, but about build quality and durability. A Model S was recently involved in a terrifying accident, but the five occupants of the vehicle escaped unharmed. The car’s driver lost control in a turn, the car flew 25 meters (82 feet) in the air, and rolled over at least once after crashing in a field at full speed.

These images are a testament of the accident’s brutality, but also speak for Tesla’s manufacturing skills.

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Backup Camera System

A single smart device adds a backup camera and a dash cam to any car

By on May 8, 2016 at 10:15 AM.

A single smart device adds a backup camera and a dash cam to any car

Backup cameras are fantastic devices that make driving infinitely easier compared to how things used to be. And dash cameras are hugely useful for all drivers, offering an indisputable record that can be referred to in the event of an accident. But you don’t have either in your car.

Don’t worry, it’s time to remedy both of those issues with a single device that pulls double duty. Meet the ihreesy Dual-Lens Car Backup Camera and Dash Camera DVR, which is 63% off retail right now on Amazon. More →

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Tesla Summon

Someone hacked a Tesla Model S to work with Amazon’s Echo

By on May 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

Someone hacked a Tesla Model S to work with Amazon’s Echo

While Tesla is undeniably hastening the adoption and popularity of electric vehicles, the company is also pushing the envelope as it pertains to self driving cars. Indeed, Tesla’s suite of autonomous driving technologies is one of the more impressive features baked into the Model S and Model X.

One of the more interesting sub-features of Tesla’s autonomous driving suite is Summon, a feature Tesla introduced this past January which lets owners summon their Model S or Model X when it’s already parked. Impressively, the feature can even be used when a Tesla vehicle is parked inside a garage. As we noted previously, Summon is effectively auto-start on steroids.

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Tesla Model 3 Tax Credit

Why Americans should order the Tesla Model 3 as fast as possible

By on May 6, 2016 at 10:30 PM.

Why Americans should order the Tesla Model 3 as fast as possible

At $35,000, the Tesla Model 3 is a lot more affordable than its siblings. The car will be even cheaper to some early buyers based in the U.S. as they’ll be eligible for huge savings in the form of a $7,500 federal tax credit. That much was known before Tesla started taking orders for the car, and could explain the huge number of preorders registered in the first days. The faster you order one, the more likely to have a chance of scoring that tax cut, as this program expires after a certain sales milestone is reached.

However, Tesla had to readjust its manufacturing plan after about 400,000 people ordered the Model 3, which means that more Americans might be eligible for the tax break than initially believed. More →

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Lyft Self-driving Cars

You’ll be riding in self-driving cars as soon as next year

By on May 6, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

You’ll be riding in self-driving cars as soon as next year

Of all the industries that are currently undergoing actual disruption right now, the automobile industry has to be somewhere near the top of the list. We’re not talking about “disruption” as a meaningless buzzword — we’re talking actual disruption here. Tesla’s attack on the major players in the industry started off small, but now the biggest car brands in the world are scrambling to release electric cars and help build out charging infrastructures. Beyond electric, there’s a whole new breed of autonomous vehicles lingering in the future, just waiting to change the way we travel.

And as it turns out, you might be riding in self-driving cars much sooner than you thought. More →

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