Apple Car Rumors

Forget racing, this is what’s really driving Apple’s interest in McLaren

By on September 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

Forget racing, this is what’s really driving Apple’s interest in McLaren

With Apple still reportedly interested in entering the automotive space, a wild new rumor emerged earlier this week claiming that Apple was interested in acquiring McLaren Technology Group. The McLaren Technology Group, for those unfamiliar, widely known and respected for releasing insanely fast supercars and also for its Formula One racing team

While initial reports claimed that Apple was interested in acquiring the entirety of McLaren’s business, a McLaren spokesperson quickly reached out to various media outlets and denied that any full takeover talks had taken place.

Still, just because Apple may not be interested in a full takeover doesn’t mean that Apple doesn’t have its eye on certain aspects of McLaren’s business. To this point, Mike Butcher of TechCrunch posits an interesting theory, namely that Apple doesn’t want anything to do with McLaren Racing or Formula 1 but rather has its eye McLaren Applied Technologies.

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Tesla Model S Racer

This modified Tesla Model S racecar is living proof that electric is king

By on September 23, 2016 at 2:30 PM.

This modified Tesla Model S racecar is living proof that electric is king

Tesla might ever-so-slowly be taking over the highways, but the thrill of driving, that “wind in your hair” freedom that Jeremy Clarkson talks about still belongs to the internal combustion engine, right?

Well, just look at this photo of a race-spec Tesla Model S, and tell me it doesn’t stir some feelings deep down.

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Tesla 8.0 Software Update

Tesla’s 8.0 software update has arrived: Here are all the big changes

By on September 22, 2016 at 9:20 AM.

Tesla’s 8.0 software update has arrived: Here are all the big changes

Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla software update version 8.0 would begin rolling out on Wednesday night. Making Autopilot safer was the primary goal of the update, but now that drivers have begun updating their cars, we finally know everything that Tesla has in store for its customers.

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Tesla Model S Lawsuit

Tesla sued because a Model S P85D in ‘Insane Mode’ isn’t insane enough

By on September 21, 2016 at 3:00 PM.

Tesla sued because a Model S P85D in ‘Insane Mode’ isn’t insane enough

Tesla critics don’t need to search far and wide for reasons to criticize the company. From complaints that the company’s Autopilot software is dangerous to complaints that the fit and finish of the Model S is beneath what one would expect from a luxury car, Tesla is obviously not free from scrutiny.

But if there’s one thing that Tesla does right, if there’s one thing that even the most vocal of Tesla detractors would have to concede, it’s that Tesla’s cars are blazing fast. Tesla’s most recent Model S P100D, for example, can go from 0-60 in just 2.5 seconds flat. Equally as impressive is that Tesla’s SUV – the Model X – is no slouch in the speed department either. In short, if there’s one thing that Tesla knows, it’s speed.

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Apple McLaren Takeover

Apple is probably trying to buy a car company, and it won’t be McLaren

By on September 21, 2016 at 2:15 PM.

Apple is probably trying to buy a car company, and it won’t be McLaren

Earlier today, the FT published a report saying that noted watch manufacturer Apple was in talks to buy a small racecar company in the suburban England. Rumors went wild for about two hours, until McLaren spokespeople firmly denied any talks were ongoing.

The FT isn’t in the habit of totally making stuff up, so what exactly is going on?

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Tesla Autopilot Update

Tesla is rolling out a ‘major overhaul’ to Autopilot, starting tonight

By on September 21, 2016 at 12:55 PM.

Tesla is rolling out a ‘major overhaul’ to Autopilot, starting tonight

Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to announce the next step in Tesla’s long quest towards autonomous cars. Starting this evening, V8.0 of Tesla’s Autopilot software will begin a “gradual” rollout to all users.

V8.0 is a major software update, and the first real change since the fatal Autopilot crash in May. Musk describes it as “a major overhaul on almost every level compared to V7.”

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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 Autopilot UI

Leaked photos show us what Tesla’s new Autopilot UI will look like

By on September 19, 2016 at 4:40 PM.

Leaked photos show us what Tesla’s new Autopilot UI will look like

After months of controversy surrounding its Autopilot software, Tesla last week provided a number of details regarding its long-awaited update to its Autopilot software. As we covered previously, one of the more interesting aspects regarding version 8 of Tesla’s Autopilot software is that it will rely more heavily on the car’s radar in order to detect upcoming road obstacles.

The entire version 8.0 update is said to make for a much more intelligent Autopilot experience, with Elon Musk even going so far as to say that the upcoming software update could have very well prevented the tragic crash in Florida earlier this year that saw a Model S crash into a tractor-trailer.

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Tesla Autopilot Version 8 Release Date

Elon Musk finally said when Tesla’s big Autopilot upgrade should begin rolling out

By on September 16, 2016 at 10:31 AM.

Elon Musk finally said when Tesla’s big Autopilot upgrade should begin rolling out

After unveiling version 8 of the Tesla software with countless Autopilot improvements over the weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk now says the company is “hoping” to begin the worldwide rollout of the update next Wednesday.

Autopilot has been mired in controversy ever since it launched last year, but after a recent string of incidents involving Tesla Motors vehicles, the company had no choice but to make a change.

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Apple Car

Can we finally all agree that the Apple Car isn’t happening?

By on September 15, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

Can we finally all agree that the Apple Car isn’t happening?

I’ve never been gung-ho on the prospects of an Apple branded car ever hitting the road, at least not within the compressed time frame that many analysts seemed to enthusiastically champion. Over the past few months, the excitement associated with the idea of Apple stepping into the automotive world blinded many to the myriad of complex challenges involved in researching, developing and ultimately bringing a car to market.

From a Bloomberg report claiming that Apple wanted to begin car production in 2020 to an even loftier Wall Street Journal report claiming that Apple set a “target ship date for 2019,” analysts and others within the tech community quickly began to view the idea of an Apple Car not as matter of if but as a matter of when. To be sure, it was never any secret Apple was heavily researching the prospects of developing an electric car, but Apple often pours R&D dollars into projects that never ultimately get off the ground, with the company’s rumored HDTV being a prime example.

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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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