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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Tesla Model S

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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Mercedes-Benz Tesla Model S

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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Tesla Model S Crash

Everything we know about the fatal Tesla Model S crash

By on July 5, 2016 at 5:53 PM.

Everything we know about the fatal Tesla Model S crash

Last week, word emerged that Tesla’s Autopilot software was being investigated by  the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) in the wake of a tragic auto accident wherein a Tesla Model S crashed into a tractor-trailer, killing the driver of the Tesla in the process. The accident occurred in Florida this past May but was only brought to the public’s attention a few days ago.

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Tesla Model S Sales

Tesla Model S sales fall short of expectations as company makes bold new promise

By on July 5, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Tesla Model S sales fall short of expectations as company makes bold new promise

Over the weekend, Tesla quietly released its sales figures for the second quarter of 2016 and the results were somewhat disappointing. By the time the curtain closed on this year’s second quarter, Tesla managed to sell 14,370 vehicles. And while this figure was higher than Tesla’s sales figures during the same quarter a year-ago, the number fell short of the 17,000 figure Tesla initially projected.

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Tesla Autopilot Crash

Tesla is planning a major Autopilot update following fatal crash

By on July 4, 2016 at 10:22 AM.

Tesla is planning a major Autopilot update following fatal crash

Tesla continues to change the game, pushing the auto industry away from unsustainable gas-powered tech faster than we ever would have seen otherwise. But it’s not just the general electric vehicle market where Tesla is a leader. Elon Musk’s EV giant is also at the forefront of exciting new technologies including autonomous driving.

Though the company’s fast-paced software updates are adored by fans and the tech media, Tesla has also been scrutinized for using its end user base as a mass beta test, so to speak. Those criticisms boiled over recently when Tesla confirmed that its Autopilot software was active at the time of a fatal crash in Florida. Now, the company is reportedly prepping a major update to its Autopilot software following that widely publicized crash. More →

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Tesla Model S Crash

Images of Tesla Model S crash emerge as investigation continues

By on July 3, 2016 at 12:30 PM.

Images of Tesla Model S crash emerge as investigation continues

This past May, a driver of a Tesla Model S was tragically killed when his car slammed into a tractor-trailer that had veered into his lane. At the time, the Tesla had its Autopilot software engaged, a fact which has since prompted an investigation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) so that they can  examine “the design and performance of any driving aids in use at the time of the crash.”

Recently, ABC Action News ran a news segment that happens to include images of the aftermath of the crash while also providing some new details surrounding what happened before and following the fatal accident.

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Tesla Autopilot Software

Portable DVD player found in wreckage of fatal Tesla Model S crash

By on July 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM.

Portable DVD player found in wreckage of fatal Tesla Model S crash

Yesterday, word broke that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) was looking into a Florida incident involving a Tesla Model S that crashed into a tractor-trailer this past May, tragically killing the driver of the Tesla. What prompted the NHSTA’s interest in the matter is that the Model S had Tesla’s Autopilot software activated at the time of the accident.

As a result, the agency indicated that the crash “calls for an examination of the design and performance of any driving aids in use at the time of the crash.”

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