Tesla Autopilot Freak Out

Watch a Tesla driver’s 70-year-old mom freak out after activating Autopilot

By on April 14, 2016 at 10:37 AM.

Watch a Tesla driver’s 70-year-old mom freak out after activating Autopilot

This has undoubtedly been one of the most significant months in Tesla’s relatively short history. Not only did the company unveil the brand new Model 3, it also managed to secure over 300,000 preorders in a matter of hours. Then, days later, Tesla returned with a sleek refresh of its popular Model S.

But despite all of that momentous news, the best thing to happen in a Tesla this month might be an elderly woman losing her mind after activating Autopilot.

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Tesla Model 3 Vs Chevy Bolt

GM executive fires shots at Tesla’s Model 3

By on April 14, 2016 at 9:33 AM.

GM executive fires shots at Tesla’s Model 3

In the span of just one week, Tesla managed to secure more than 325,000 reservations for the recently unveiled Model 3, a spectacular tally which blew away expectations and even surprised Elon Musk. But the auto industry being what it is (read: hyper competitive), GM executive Dan Nicholson couldn’t help but take a shot at Tesla’s mass market EV during a recent speaking engagement.

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Apple Car Motor Trend Video

This is Motor Trend’s vision of the Apple Car that everyone has been waiting for

By on April 14, 2016 at 9:15 AM.

This is Motor Trend’s vision of the Apple Car that everyone has been waiting for

The “Apple Car” is a mythical creation for the time being and no one knows what it really looks like or if it really even exists. Motor Trend this week took a stab at making a concept model for the “Apple Car” that the publication says is based on “exhaustive” research despite being “entirely speculative” in nature. The idea here is that Motor Trend decided to compare how much Apple had applied minimalist design principles to computers and phones and see what would happen if they tried doing the same things with a car.

The result isn’t exactly pretty, but it is an interesting and thought provoking concept. More →

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Apple Car

What will the Apple Car look like? Motor Trend teases that it may know the answer

By on April 13, 2016 at 7:18 PM.

What will the Apple Car look like? Motor Trend teases that it may know the answer

Despite the immense challenges involved in bringing a car to market, many have taken as fact that Apple will eventually release an electric car, perhaps as early as 2019. And like any fine-tuned rumor, this belief is based on a number of intriguing factual developments. For instance, it’s no secret that Apple has made a number of extremely interesting hires from the automotive industry. Additionally, it’s no secret that Apple appears to be buying large swaths of real estate in California, purportedly for automotive testing purposes.

So while I think it’s clear that Apple is in fact researching an electric car, I’m still not ready to make the leap and assume that their research will ultimately result in a bonafide car. As we saw with Apple’s HDTV research, the company routinely explores new products that ultimately never make it to market. The reality is this: we really don’t know all that much about what Apple’s car R&D looks like, nor how far it’s progressed in recent months.

But that may very well change tomorrow.

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Tesla Model 3 Features

Tesla Model 3 details: All the updates you may have missed since the unveiling

By on April 12, 2016 at 11:36 AM.

Tesla Model 3 details: All the updates you may have missed since the unveiling

Between the Model 3 unveiling, the recent Model X recall and the revamped Model S, it’s been an incredibly busy two weeks for Tesla. And with the Gigafactory still a work in progress and Model 3 reservations through the roof, life at Tesla won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

With respect to the Model 3, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been busy on Twitter over the past few days answering questions and addressing concerns regarding the Model 3. So even if you happened to catch the entirety of Musks’s Model 3 introduction last month, we’ve learned quite a bit more about what we can expect to see from the final production version of the Model 3.

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Tesla Refreshed 2017 Model S

Tesla unveils its refreshed 2017 Model S

By on April 12, 2016 at 10:56 AM.

Tesla unveils its refreshed 2017 Model S

As expected, Tesla on Tuesday took the wraps off a refreshed version of its Model S electric car. Among other things, the refreshed Model S is going to get the same air filtration system that’s in the Model X, which opens the door for it to get the “bioweapon defense mode” feature. The car also got a significant facelift up front, as Tesla removed the grill on the front of the car and also tweaked the headlight design. More →

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Tesla Mario Kart Easter Egg

Tesla releases awesome Mario Kart and SNL inspired Easter egg

By on April 11, 2016 at 11:45 PM.

Tesla releases awesome Mario Kart and SNL inspired Easter egg

Tesla on Monday issued a voluntary recall for every Model X out on the road. Far less important but much more exciting was the release of a new easter egg for Tesla vehicles that unofficially pays homage to Mario Kart and Saturday Night Live. And in keeping with the video game motif, the activation of the easter egg requires a cheat code, so to speak.

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Tesla Model X Recall

Tesla Model X recall highlights risk of massive Model 3 rollout

By on April 11, 2016 at 7:15 PM.

Tesla Model X recall highlights risk of massive Model 3 rollout

Tesla earlier today issued a recall for the Model X, the company’s well-received crossover SUV based on the Model S platform. The reason for the recall lies in a design flaw affecting the vehicle’s third row of seats. Specifically, a faulty locking hinge on the last row of seats could potentially cause the seats to collapse forward during a crash.

While there have been no reported incidents to date, Tesla obviously wants to get ahead of the problem as early as possible.

“Despite [15] prior successful tests and no reports of a third row seat slipping in any customer vehicles,” Tesla said in an email to affected owners, “we have decided to conduct a voluntary recall as a precautionary measure and will be replacing all affected third row seat backs.”

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Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 concerns and questions still loom large

By on April 11, 2016 at 3:27 PM.

Tesla Model 3 concerns and questions still loom large

Consumer interest in the Tesla Model 3 is beyond what even the most optimistic of Tesla supporters could have envisioned. In just one week, Tesla managed to secure over 325,000 reservations from buyers all to eager to plunk down $1,000 for the right to buy a car that they may not realistically see until 2019 or 2020.

As Elon Musk indicated via a recent tweet, the volume of Model 3 preorders represents $14 billion in unrealized revenue, all accumulated in just a few days. Clearly, the question as to whether or not the public would show interest in a more affordable mass market EV from Tesla has been answered emphatically. But in the wake of Tesla’s Model 3 unveiling, a number of new questions have emerged.

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Tesla Hires Porsche Mission E Designer

Tesla just hired the man responsible for the Porsche Mission E’s futuristic interior

By on April 11, 2016 at 2:54 PM.

Tesla just hired the man responsible for the Porsche Mission E’s futuristic interior

A new report from Electrek relays that Tesla recently hired Félix Godard, a young designer responsible for the interior design of Porsche’s deservedly hyped Mission E. What makes Tesla’s hiring of Godard particularly noteworthy is that he may help Tesla address a longstanding complaint about the company’s fleet of cars, namely that their fit and finish isn’t up to par with traditional luxury brands. Word of Godard’s transition from Porsche to Tesla was confirmed via his LinkedIn profile.

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Tesla Model S Refresh

5 new features expected in this week’s Tesla Model S refresh

5 new features expected in this week’s Tesla Model S refresh

By on April 11, 2016 at 9:39 AM.

The world is still abuzz following Tesla’s recent Model 3 unveiling, which marked the beginning of the next phase of Tesla’s mission. The company’s first few models were high-end cars with a somewhat narrow addressable market, but Tesla will now look to offer a car that is far more affordable. More than 300,000 Model 3 preorders have been taken at this point, and the car is expected to send electric vehicle adoption soaring following its release.

But despite the fact that the upcoming new Model 3 is the talk of the town right now, Tesla is still focused on its popular Model S sports sedan as well. A Model S refresh is expected to be announced as soon as this week, and new reports may have detailed the biggest new upgrades the company plans to offer. More →

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Tesla Model S Autopilot

Watch Tesla’s Autopilot feature prevent an accident with a merging truck

By on April 10, 2016 at 12:53 PM.

Watch Tesla’s Autopilot feature prevent an accident with a merging truck

While we’re not quite there yet, Tesla’s Autopilot features may very well embody the future of vehicle transport. Released in 2015 for the Model S, Tesla’s Autopilot hardware is comprised of a vast array of advanced sensors and cameras that, working in unison, can successfully steer a car “down the highway, change lanes, and adjust speed in response to traffic.”

Of course, autonomous driving isn’t just about convenience, it’s also about safety. Indeed, one of the more important aspects of Autopilot is its automatic emergency steering and side collision warning feature. In other words, a Tesla equipped with Autopilot hardware can detect an impending side collision and automatically adjust accordingly to avoid it.

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