Tesla Model S Hack

Security researchers from China remotely hacked a Tesla Model S

By on September 20, 2016 at 8:47 AM.

Security researchers from China remotely hacked a Tesla Model S

Following many months of research, security researchers out of China this week announced that they successfully managed to hack a Tesla Model S and assume control over many of the vehicle’s controls. The hack was disclosed by researchers from Keen Security Lab who noted that their remote exploit worked whether or not a targeted Model S was parked or driving.

The researchers note that the exploit works by compromising the car’s CAN bus, a process which begins when a targeted Model S user connects to a malicious Wi-Fi network via the car’s built-in web browser. Following that, the researchers demonstrated how they were able to remotely control many aspects of a hacked Model S, including being able to open the trunk, the sunroof, and perhaps most worrisome, apply the brakes whiles the car is in motion. In another dangerous scenario, researchers were able to change the orientation of the Tesla’s side-view mirrors while it was changing lanes.

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Tesla Model S P100D

Watch Tesla’s blazing fast Model S P100D race a Lamborghini Huracan

By on September 19, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Watch Tesla’s blazing fast Model S P100D race a Lamborghini Huracan

Last month, Tesla wowed the automotive world when it unveiled a new Model S with a 100kWh battery option. With the new P100D option, Tesla’s top of the line Model S is an absolute beast and can go from o-60 MPH in just 2.5 seconds in Ludicrous Mode. As Tesla CEO Elon Musk apprpriately boasted, the P100D is the fastest production car on the planet.

With Model S P100D deliveries now underway, we’re already seeing videos showcasing what Tesla’s latest speed demon can do out on the road. During a brief performance review, DragTimes last week confirmed the car’s incredible 0-60 time while also observing that it can go from 0-100 in 6.5 seconds flat and is capable of completing a quarter-mile in a blazing fast 10.7 seconds.

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Tesla’s new Model S P100D gets put to the test, and it’s an absolute screamer

By on September 15, 2016 at 1:03 PM.

Tesla’s new Model S P100D gets put to the test, and it’s an absolute screamer

When Tesla CEO Elon Musk once boasted that Tesla doesn’t know how to make slow cars, he wasn’t kidding around. Tesla last month unveiled a brand new P100D option for both the Model S and the Model X and the performance on each is absolutely jaw-dropping.

With Ludicrous mode enabled, Tesla’s Model S P100D sports an insane 0-60 MPH time of just 2.5 seconds. In turn, Tesla appropriately boasts that it’s the fastest production car in the world. Meanwhile, the P100D version of the Model X, an SUV mind you, can go from 0-60 in just 2.9 seconds.

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Tesla Model S Mod

Will.i.am’s Telsa Model S mod is the actual definition of Ludicrous

By on August 30, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

Will.i.am’s Telsa Model S mod is the actual definition of Ludicrous

Will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas is a jack of all trades. Aside from his many music related ventures, the popular recording artist has a knack for showing up everywhere and, over the past few years, has dabbled in acting, fashion, smartphones and an array of other varied ventures. You might even remember, for example, that the singer back in 2014 released a widely derided smartwatch that many quickly proclaimed was the worst tech gadget of the year.

While such a failure might have ruined lesser men, it’s hard to keep Will.i.am down. After all, with an estimated net worth of $75 million, Will.i.am is certainly capable of handling a few business missteps here and there.

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Tesla Model S Stolen

Two Model S cars were stolen despite Tesla’s advanced tech

By on August 22, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

Two Model S cars were stolen despite Tesla’s advanced tech

You’d have thought that nobody can steal your Tesla thanks to its advanced tracking system. Thieves foolish enough to try to get away with it could be easily caught with the help of the on-board GPS. However, that’s not really the case. Tesla cars are incredibly valuable, which means thieves will do whatever it takes to grab one and leave no traces behind. In fact, at least two such thefts have already been reported in Europe. More →

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Tesla Autopilot Fail

Watch Tesla’s Autopilot take on one of America’s most treacherous roads

Watch Tesla’s Autopilot take on one of America’s most treacherous roads

By on August 18, 2016 at 1:21 PM.

Compared to similar offerings out there, Tesla’s Autopilot system is a cut above the rest. The system is hardly perfect and Tesla has been the target of plenty of critics who continue to pan the company, saying it uses its customers as beta testers. Tesla warns drivers that its Autopilot solution is not a fully autonomous system, and it recommends that drivers keep their hands on the wheel and their foot near the brake at all times. Accidents involving Autopilot are still widely publicized though, especially the recent fatal Model S crash we’ve all heard so much about.

With an Autopilot 2.0 system on the way, Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving system will continue to be widely covered by the media in the coming months, and everyone is excited to see the progress the company has made. In the meantime, people continue to push the limits of Autopilot and a new video pits Tesla’s semi-autonomous tech against one of the most treacherous highways in America. More →

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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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Video showcases Tesla’s Autopilot software preventing an accident

By on July 25, 2016 at 6:05 PM.

Video showcases Tesla’s Autopilot software preventing an accident

Tesla’s Autopilot software has been in the news quite a bit lately, albeit for all the wrong reasons. When word broke that a Model S with Autopilot engaged was involved in a fatal accident this past May, pundits were quick to proclaim that Tesla’s software was not yet ready for primetime. Not helping matters were subsequent crashes involving Tesla vehicles which only fueled more pessimism and concern surrounding the company’s Autopilot software.

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Tesla Autopilot Crash Avoidance

Tesla’s Autopilot just saved someone’s life

Tesla’s Autopilot just saved someone’s life

By on July 21, 2016 at 10:27 AM.

Tesla’s advanced Autopilot system has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. Ever since news broke that Autopilot was enabled on a Model S at the time of a fatal crash, it seems like drivers try to blame Autopilot every time a Tesla gets into an accident. Of course, Tesla’s cars have a complex logging system that can easily determine whether or not Autopilot was enabled at the time of an incident. As a result, the company is often quick to respond when public accusations are made.

But today, Autopilot is finally back in the news for a good reason instead of a bad one. According to a story shared by a Model S owner and verified by Tesla, the Autonomous features in a Model S likely saved someone’s life. More →

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Confirmed: Mercedes is making a Tesla Model S killer

By on July 11, 2016 at 11:51 AM.

Confirmed: Mercedes is making a Tesla Model S killer

Tesla makes the hottest electric vehicles in town, but that’s only because Tesla is the only carmaker that’s been serious about electric cars for any decent amount of time. But as Tesla tries to figure out how to manufacture and deliver its cheapest electric vehicle yet on time, Tesla’s competitors are readying plans to make their own electric cars. Among them is none other than Mercedes-Benz, a former Tesla shareholder, which will manufacture a Tesla Model S killer by 2018.

This isn’t a rumor anymore, as the German company confirmed it’s working on such a car, offering expected range, price and launch details for the vehicle. Even better, the car will be on display at this year’s Paris car show. More →

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Elon Musk Rant

Is Elon Musk’s brash attitude hurting Tesla’s brand?

Is Elon Musk’s brash attitude hurting Tesla’s brand?

By on July 7, 2016 at 3:09 PM.

While many corporate executives tend to err on the side of not stirring up trouble or controversy, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is nothing if not outspoken. One could even argue that Musk’s unabashed willingness to shoot from the hip, criticize the status-quo and more or less say whatever pops into his head is precisely why he has garnered such a devoted following. Say what you will about Musk, but he has never been someone you’d associate with the word boring.

But in the wake of all the controversy surrounding a fatal Model S crash involving Tesla’s Autopilot software, some are now wondering if Musk’s brash demeanor — which often manifests itself online — is a detriment.

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Tesla Model S Commercial

Elon Musk would never approve of this Tesla commercial full of drugs and guns

By on July 7, 2016 at 12:04 PM.

Elon Musk would never approve of this Tesla commercial full of drugs and guns

While most car companies have no problem with spending small fortunes on TV and print ads, you might have noticed that adverts for Tesla are conspicuously non-existent. This is no accident, nor is it surprising. With Tesla hoping to reach a manufacturing capacity of 500,000 cars by 2020, the company needs to pour every spare dollar it has into infrastructure and R&D.

In fact, throughout the company’s entire existence, the company has not ever — not even once — paid for a single piece of advertising. Not that it matters really, Tesla owners are incredibly passionate and vocal enthusiasts who effectively serve as unofficial yet effective and knowledgable brand ambassadors.

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