Yesterday afternoon, Tesla CEO Elon Musk proudly announced that the company will be outfitting every new Model S and Model X coming off the production line with an enhanced suite of hardware sensors. Impressively, once Tesla enables the full suite of sensors, Model S and Model X vehicles will have full Level 5 autonomy, which is to say that they’ll be able to drive to a given destination with essentially zero human intervention.
We’re living in the future. Self-driving cars aren’t just a far-off idea anymore, they’re a reality and they’re on the streets around us right now. Google has had fully autonomous cars on the road for years, though they remain in the testing phase and aren’t yet available to the public. In that regard, Tesla will take the lead once again following its announcement on Wednesday evening that every new Tesla car will ship with a hardware and software package that enables fully autonomous driving. If you thought the company’s current Autopilot solution was impressive, just wait until you see the demo video Elon Musk & Co. released on Wednesday night. More →
In a highly anticipated announcement, Tesla earlier today said that every new Model S and Model X coming off of the production line will be now outfitted with advanced self-driving hardware that meets Level 5 autonomy specifications. In short, Level 5 autonomy means that new Tesla vehicles will have the ability to go from point A to point B with no human intervention whatsoever. Simply enter in a destination and you’re off.
Over the past few months, we’ve seen Tesla’s Autopilot feature dragged through the mud after a series of high profile incidents Tesla Model S vehicles getting into accidents. In one particular instance, a Model S driver in Florida was tragically killed when his car’s Autopilot software didn’t detect a tractor-trailer turning his lane.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk just tweeted that today’s mysterious product announcement will go down at 8:00 PM Eastern Time / 5:00 PM Pacific. More than just confirming the time, however, Musk also said that the announcement will have something to do with the Model 3.
Tesla has been teasing today’s event for a little over a week now. The announcement will be followed by a 30 minute Q&A session with select media outlets.
We’ve long known that Tesla knows how to manufacture incredibly fast cars with jaw-dropping acceleration, but the company really outdid itself when it introduced the P100D this past August. As if the Model S P90D weren’t fast enough already, Tesla’s new top of the line Model S can now blast from 0-60 MPH in just 2.5 seconds in Ludicrious Mode. What’s more, the car can go from 0-100 in 6.5 seconds and can complete a quarter-mile in 10.7 seconds flat.
A few months ago, we reported that the Los Angeles Police Department was contemplating adding a few Tesla Model S vehicles to their fleet. With Tesla loaning the LAPD two Model S P85D vehicles for evaluation, LAPD Police Administrator Vartan Yegiyan explained that the underlying goal was to determine how the luxury sedan would perform in a city environment and to ascertain any benefits and drawbacks it would introduce as an everyday patrol car.
What’s more, the LAPD also indicated that they were evaluating the Tesla Model S’ capabilities as a high-pursuit vehicle, altogether not terribly surprising the Model S’ reputation for speed.
Last week, Elon Musk to Twitter and said that Tesla would hold a special event on October 17 where the company would make a surprising and exciting product introduction. Not surprisingly, Musk hopped on Twitter yesterday and, in a move that should surprise no one, pushed the special event back to Wednesday, October 19.
For as much as we talk established companies like Porsche and BMW going after Tesla in the EV market, it’s important not to overlook the fact that Tesla’s Model S continues to dominate the U.S. luxury sedan market on the whole.
With Tesla Model S sales on the rise, and having increased by nearly 60% year over year, the Model S during Q3 of 2016 was more than 4 times as popular as the BMW 7-Series.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk got the tech world buzzing yesterday when he posted a tweet promising to deliver an “unexpected” new product at a special event slated to take place on October 17. In turn, the speculation surrounding Musk’s tweet exploded, with the most intriguing and believable rumors pointing towards Tesla introducing new Autopilot hardware next week.
Elon Musk took to Twitter earlier today where he signaled that Tesla is planning to hold not one, but two separate product introduction events later this month. Per Musk, the first event will take place on October 17 and, if we are to read into the tweet, will catch most people by surprise. The second event will take place on October 28th and will cover Tesla’s planned merger with SolarCity.
Back in the day, if a car reached 100,000 miles it was probably a reliable sign that it was time to trade it in and get a new vehicle. These days, the 100,000 mile threshold is much less of an issue thanks to numerous advances in engineering, automotive technologies and materials. In fact, these days it’s not unheard of to see cars with 200,000 miles still chugging along.
While that may hold true for gas-powered vehicles, a lot less is known about what happens when electric cars put on hundreds of thousands of miles. Of course, this is largely due to the fact that mass-market EVs are a relatively new phenomenon given that the Tesla Model S wasn’t even available until June of 2012.
With more drivers taking advantage of Tesla’s Autopilot software than ever before, we’re starting to see a discernible increase in the number of Autopilot related mishaps. The latest incident comes to us by way of Germany where a driver on the famed Autobahn crashed his Model S into the back of a bus.
The Model S driver claims that he had Autopilot engaged at the time of the crash and explicitly blames the software for the incident. Notably, the driver received a few bumps and bruises but ultimately managed to escape without any serious injuries. Meanwhile, all of the passengers on the bus were unscathed.