Tesla Autopilot Crash

Speeding didn’t cause the fatal Tesla Autopilot crash

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Speeding didn’t cause the fatal Tesla Autopilot crash

An Autopiloted Tesla that fatally crashed in Florida in May was being driven at 74 in a 65 zone, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board. The crash has caused all sorts of debates, with some parties calling for Tesla to deactivate its Autopilot program, and the SEC investigating Tesla for securities fraud surrounding the crash.

The NTSB report is a little short on most details. But one thing it does confirm is that the car was speeding, doing nine miles an hour over the posted speed limit. Given that the crash occurred on a straight section of road, with no restrictions on visibility, and the Tesla was travelling at a very reasonable speed for the road, we can virtually rule out “speeding” as the root cause of this accident.

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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 Model X Crash

Tesla not backing down, still claims Model X crash was the driver’s fault

By on July 25, 2016 at 3:25 PM.

Tesla not backing down, still claims Model X crash was the driver’s fault

In a somewhat bizarre turn of events, Tesla and the owner of a Model X involved in a crash a few weeks ago have been involved in a war of words as of late. Last week, a man known as Mr. Pang wrote an open letter to Tesla wherein he blamed the company’s Autopilot software for causing his Model X to spontaneously swerve into a guard rail and ultimately cause him to get into a serious accident.

Immediately following the accident, Tesla issued a statement indicating that Autopilot was not used appropriately at the time of the crash. Mr. Pang, however, effectively said that Tesla was lying and that the company never even tried to contact him in the aftermath of the crash. What’s more, Pang went so far as to categorize Tesla’s Autopilot software as a beta product that should have never been released in the first place. Taking things a bit further, Pang also added that Tesla drivers are unwitting “lab rats” being taken advantage of for Tesla’s own benefit.

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Self-Driving Tricks

Interview: Meet the Ex-Googlers building the self-driving big rig trucks of the future

Interview: Meet the Ex-Googlers building the self-driving big rig trucks of the future

By on July 25, 2016 at 2:30 PM.

For ex-Googler Lior Ron, long-haul big rigs might seem like an unlikely next step in a career that’s so far included stints as an Israeli Army CTO and serving as a product lead for Google Maps.

His latest professional turn involves helping fit some of the 4.3 million trucks on U.S. roadways with the technology kits his new startup Otto is developing that can turn those hulking rigs into completely autonomous trucks. Because while commercial trucks may be something of an unsexy progression coming from software engineering at a place like Google, they nevertheless represent a potent technology challenge for the team at Otto, a young startup with abundant ambition that operates out of a space in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood. More →

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Tesla Vs McLaren Drag Race

Watch a Tesla Model S hold its own in a drag race against a $250,000 McLaren 650S Spider

By on July 24, 2016 at 11:30 AM.

Watch a Tesla Model S hold its own in a drag race against a $250,000 McLaren 650S Spider

When it comes to speed, Elon Musk and Tesla do not play around. Even Tesla detractors who aren’t fans of the company can’t help but admit and admire the fact that Tesla cars are insanely and impressively fast. Indeed, a completely tricked out performance model Tesla — the Tesla Model S P90D in Ludicrous Mode — is one of the fastest production cars in terms of 0-60 speed out on the market.

But what happens when a Tesla goes head to head with a legit super car, say a McLaren 650S Spider? Nothing but a whole a lot of fun and excitement, that’s what.

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Tesla Upgrade

Imagine how fast this 1,000 horsepower Tesla is going to be

By on July 22, 2016 at 6:40 PM.

Imagine how fast this 1,000 horsepower Tesla is going to be

A regular Tesla with all the bells and whistles produces 532 horsepower. This is enough to literally scare people shitless, or thoroughly embarrass the crotchiest of crotch-rockets. So why would you hack yourself together a 1,000hp custom electric vehicle? Because speed is a drug, and 1,000 all-electric horsepower is a great middle finger to the internal combustion engine.

Jason Hughes is well known within the EV community as a Tesla hacker. He retrofitted an Autopilot system to and older Tesla Model S, but his new project is way more ambitious. He’s planning on fitting a Tesla drivetrain and Chevy Volt batteries into some kind of non-electric vehicle, quite possibly an old Mitsubishi.

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Tesla Autopilot

Driver involved in Model X crash blasts Tesla and Elon Musk, claims Tesla drivers are ‘lab rats’

By on July 22, 2016 at 4:50 PM.

Driver involved in Model X crash blasts Tesla and Elon Musk, claims Tesla drivers are ‘lab rats’

The owner of a Tesla Model X that was involved in a highly publicized accident in Montana a few weeks ago recently published a scathing post about both Tesla and Elon Musk on the Tesla Motors Club message board.

If you recall, a man known as Mr. Pang was driving his Model X down a Montana road in the dark of night a few weeks ago when his vehicle unexpectedly veered into a guard rail, ultimately causing the car to get into a serious crash. Though the driver thankfully emerged unscathed, the accident once again called the efficacy and utility of Tesla’s Autopilot feature into question.

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Tesla Master Plan

Not everyone is excited about Tesla and Elon Musk’s ambitious master plan

By on July 21, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Not everyone is excited about Tesla and Elon Musk’s ambitious master plan

Yesterday evening, Tesla CEO Elon Musk published part two of the company’s not-so-secret master plan for automotive domination. With part one of the plan effectively accomplished – culminating with the 2017 release of the Model 3 – part two details Tesla’s ambitious plan for the future, a vision that includes electric busses, a proliferation of solar power, pickup trucks, and a fleet of fully autonomous Tesla vehicle.

In the wake of Musk’s recently published plan, some of the bigwigs on Wall Street have already begun to weigh-in on Tesla’s goals. For the most part, analysts appear to be satisfied with Musk’s vision of the future, though a few analysts expressed concern regarding Tesla’s plan to finance their grandiose ideas. As for the more immediate impact on Tesla stock, shares of the company were down 3.75% today.

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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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Tesla Self-Driving Bus Features

Elon Musk’s vision of the Tesla electric self-driving bus of the future sounds amazing

By on July 21, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

Elon Musk’s vision of the Tesla electric self-driving bus of the future sounds amazing

Tesla’s passionate CEO is back with a second master plan, called Part Deux, 10 years after the first one was released. Elon Musk has some incredible things planned, or at least they sound amazing, including making smarter Tesla models that can drive itself better than you and even make money whenever you’re not using the vehicle. But what’s really exciting is that Tesla is working on self-driving electric trucks and buses for the future. And the Tesla bus already sounds pretty exciting. More →

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Tesla Master Plan Part Two

Here’s Elon Musk’s master plan for the future of transportation

By on July 20, 2016 at 9:05 PM.

Here’s Elon Musk’s master plan for the future of transportation

Elon Musk’s master plan: part two is here, and it’s a doozy. Rather than set out a short-term vision, he’s setting out a plan for how Tesla will save the world. No, actually.

In the plan, he’s outlining how Tesla as we know it is going to change. Forget fast sports cars: the future Tesla will feature pickup trucks, semi trailers and urban buses, with those concepts to be unveiled next year.

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$250,000 McLaren Windshield Smashed

Watch a teenager smash the windshield of a $250,000 McLaren with his skateboard

By on July 20, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Watch a teenager smash the windshield of a $250,000 McLaren with his skateboard

Hold on to your hats, folks, this story is a doozy. A $250,000 McLaren recently had its windshield utterly smashed in by a skateboard-toting teenager  who didn’t take too kindly to being honked at. And best of all, the crazy sequence events was all captured on video. It’s almost as if the introduction of smartphone video recording has been leading up to this one glorious moment for years.

Here’s how it all went down.

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