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Tesla Autopilot involved in another crash--this time, in China
Tesla Autopilot involved in another crash--this time, in China

The past several months have been a roller coaster for Tesla, full of ups (e.g. the debut of the upcoming Model 3) and downs (e.g. ho-hum responses to CEO Elon Musk's "Master Plan Part Deux"). Unfortunately for Tesla fans, it's time for another down moment: the automaker has confirmed another crash...Read More»

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Oh, crap: hackers find new ways to override Jeep, Tesla software

Just over a year ago, two good-guy hackers managed to take control of a Jeep Cherokee using Fiat Chrysler's Uconnect telematics system. Within days, FCA recalled 1.4 million Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles to close the loophole that the hackers had exploited. This week, those same hackers...Read More»

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Tesla's losses mount, but company plans to open one new showroom every four days

Tesla released its most recent quarterly financials, and like the 12 previous quarters, the ink on the page was all red. The company's net loss amounted to $293 million--substantially higher than the $184 million shortfall recorded on June 30, 2015. Revenue climbed dramatically, from $955 million...Read More»

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Tesla Autopilot crash didn't dramatically change opinions about autonomous cars

On May 7, 2016, the driver of a Tesla Model S was killed while the car was in Autopilot mode. The story has drawn massive headlines, as it's the first fatality linked to autonomous vehicle technology--technology that's set to become increasingly common on new cars. Many wondered if reports of the...Read More»

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Tesla puts Master Plan in action, reaches $2.6 billion deal to merge with SolarCity

Over the past 24 hours, rumors began circulating that Tesla would announce details of its anticipated merger with SolarCity today. And lo, the rumors have proven true: this morning on the Tesla blog, the automaker posted information about the massive, $2.6 billion deal. The two companies have...Read More»

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The do's and don'ts of Tesla's Autopilot system

Recently, we've spent a lot of time writing about Tesla's semi-autonomous driving system, Autopilot. The technology has been linked to a fatal crash in Florida, which has given rise to three separate federal investigations, plenty of high-profile criticism, and several defenses of the system from...Read More»

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Elon Musk's master plan 2.0 includes a defense of Tesla Autopilot (also: hello, Tesla Semi!)

On July 10, Tesla's outspoken CEO, Elon Musk, tweeted about a "Top Secret Tesla Masterplan, Part 2". The world wondered: what will such a plan include? Will it be exciting enough to distract everyone from three high-profile investigations of the company's Autopilot software, which has been linked...Read More»

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Tesla misses targets, cuts prices, testifies to Congress, keeps Autopilot: is this the masterplan?

If you're a regular reader of this site, you're probably familiar with our news roundups for the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal and Takata's fatally flawed airbags. Now, it seems we need a roundup for Tesla, too, given the recent flood of stories about the boldest electric-car company on the block...Read More»

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Nope, Tesla won't be disabling Autopilot

The past two weeks haven't been kind to Tesla or Autopilot, the company's semi-autonomous driving software. Autopilot has been linked to at least one death and may have been a factor in at least two other crashes. The fatal collision that took place in Florida on May 7 is now being investigated by...Read More»

Nissan ProPILOT
Nissan unveils ProPILOT, its answer to Tesla's Autopilot: video

Back in 2014, Nissan provided a timeline for the rollout of its autonomous car technology. Today, the company proved that it's sticking to that timeline: at a press conference, Nissan announced that its ProPILOT semi-autonomous driving software will be available in Japan next month. Like Tesla's...Read More»

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Tesla Autopilot probe widens to include the SEC: Can Musk's secret plan fix this?

Less than two weeks ago, we reported on a fatal crash in Florida involving a Tesla Model S sedan in self-driving, Autopilot mode. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began its investigation of the collision on June 28, and yesterday, we learned that the National Transportation Safety...Read More»

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NTSB gets involved in Tesla Autopilot probe

When it comes to auto-related investigations, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is usually the first--and often, only--agency on the scene. Consumers complain about a vehicle's performance, something goes wrong with an important component, and NHTSA fields the call. But sometimes...Read More»

Tesla Model S owner tests Autopilot system from back seat
3 issues could determine who's at fault in Tesla's fatal crash

It's a question that's been on our mind for years: when autonomous cars collide, who's at fault? Sadly, the question is no longer hypothetical, but very, very real following the death of a driver using Tesla's Autopilot self-driving system in his 2015 Model S. Less than a year ago, several...Read More»

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Tesla 'self-driving' mode linked to first traffic death in potential setback to autonomous cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation of Tesla and its self-driving Autopilot software in the wake of a driver's death. The fatal collision took place in Williston, Florida on May 7 when a tractor-trailer crossed the path of a 2015 Tesla Model S. Accounts...Read More»

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Who needs dealers? Tesla wants to sell cars at Nordstrom

In many parts of the U.S., Tesla Motors has had to fight tooth and nail to set up shop and show off its all-electric cars. Those efforts haven't always been successful. But a new partnership between Tesla and upscale retailer Nordstrom could be a game changer--not just for Tesla, and not just for...Read More»

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013
Under pressure, Tesla updates its 'Goodwill Agreement'

On Friday, the auto world once again turned its attention to Tesla Motors and its outspoken CEO, Elon Musk. This time, however, we weren't waiting for an unveiling or news of a new battery, but watching a confrontation between Tesla and an unspecified number of Model S owners, with the National...Read More»

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Tesla Model S investigated for suspension problems (and Tesla isn't happy about it)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun investigating complaints about suspension problems on the Tesla Model S. The agency is also looking into reports that Tesla Motors asked owners to sign "Goodwill Agreements" that prevent them from speaking with federal regulators...Read More»

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Infiniti's version of Autopilot to be offered on new vehicles

Last fall, Tesla Motors made its Autopilot software available on Model S and Model X vehicles. Soon, Nissan's luxury division could offer similar, semi-autonomous driving software on a range of Infiniti models. That isn't as big of a stretch as it might sound. The Infiniti Q50 already offers a...Read More»

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Faraday Future hasn't produced its first car but already wants a second plant--in California

In April, start-up automaker Faraday Future broke ground on a $1 billion production facility outside Las Vegas, Nevada. Though that plant won't be completed until 2018 at the earliest, Faraday is already making plans for a second manufacturing site--this one in California. The facility would sit on...Read More»

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