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Tesla Model S P100D gets 0.1 second faster with software update
Tesla Model S P100D gets 0.1 second faster with software update

Remember that episode of The Simpsons where Homer created a makeup gun "for women who only have four-fifths of a second to get ready"? Well, if you're that pressed for time, Tesla's new software update will be an absolute godsend. Earlier this month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told eager electric-car fans...Read More»

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Tesla Model S is the most-loved car in America

How much do you love your new car? And just as importantly, what do you love about it? That's the kind of data that marketing firm Strategic Vision tries to gather for its Customer Love Index. Strategic Vision polls thousands of Americans about their recently purchased cars. Over the past decade...Read More»

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Today's high-tech safety systems can't quite handle car washes

Modern cars come with a huge array of safety systems to keep drivers and passengers safe. These systems are good at spotting obstacles like pedestrians and other vehicles, but some things confuse them--things like car washes, for example. That might sound like an absurd shortcoming, but if you look...Read More»

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Elon Musk has a Donald Trump moment, says critics of Tesla Autopilot are 'killing people'

Tesla CEO Elon Musk waded into Donald Trump territory yesterday. He didn't get a new hairdo, succumb to bouts of sniffling, or get caught praising the Pontiac Aztec on a hot-mic recording from 2005. (Though if anyone has access to that last one, we'd love a copy.) Instead, Musk, like Trump...Read More»

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All future Teslas will have self-driving hardware, automaker says

Every Tesla car and crossover built at its factory will have self-driving hardware capable of transporting passengers without a driver, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced Wednesday. The cars, including Model S, Model X, and Model 3, would include eight cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and a...Read More»

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Germany tells Tesla: stop calling it 'Autopilot'

Tesla is under fire again for its semi-autonomous Autopilot software, and once again, the critics are German regulators. This go-round, officials want the automaker to stop using the term "Autopilot" because they feel that it can mislead consumers into thinking that Teslas can drive themselves...Read More»

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German officials call Tesla Autopilot a "traffic hazard"

In the year since Tesla Autopilot debuted, it's acquired plenty of fans and foes. In the former column, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, hackers, and this guy. In the latter, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the National Transportation Safety Board, and Germany. Germany's Federal Highway Research...Read More»

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Tesla sues Michigan for the right to sell cars: is this the end of franchise laws?

The gloves have been loosening for years, and now, they've finally come off: Tesla Motors is preparing to throw punches in the courtroom as it sues Michigan for the right to sell cars. If the company makes its case successfully, it could have implications far beyond the borders of the Wolverine...Read More»

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What's new in Tesla's Autopilot 8.0 upgrade?

For several months, Tesla has been promising to update Autopilot, its semi-autonomous driving software. Over the weekend, Tesla confirmed some of the speculation surrounding Autopilot 8.0 and put other rumors to rest. The company did so via a blog post, which revealed right off the bat that the new...Read More»

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Tesla Model X falcon door update may have made them worse

The double-hinged, falcon-wing doors on the Tesla Model X may look super cool and futuristic, but they've caused headaches for owners since day one (and for Tesla, far longer). To improve them, Tesla recently published an over-the-air software update, but that may have made things worse. Problems...Read More»

Tesla Model S owner tests Autopilot system from back seat
Tesla may disable Autopilot for drivers who don't follow the rules

Some people can't resist putting themselves in danger. Those folks have given us some amazing things, like bungee-jumping and scuba diving. On the other hand, they're also responsible for Russian roulette and planking. When Tesla rolled out its semi-self-driving Autopilot software last fall, we saw...Read More»

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Tesla Model S can now do 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, Model X in 2.9 seconds

If you're the sort of person who's chronically late, Tesla has some amazing news. The automaker has unveiled a 100 kWh battery pack that could really speed up your morning commute--if it weren't for all the stop-and-go traffic, that is. The new battery is being offered on performance models of the...Read More»

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Tesla edits Chinese website, scrubs talk of Autopilot in wake of Beijing crash [UPDATE]

Update: see below Over the weekend, Tesla Motors tidied up its Chinese-language website. Although the company says that the edits have been in the works for a while, the timing is a bit suspicious. That's because the changes appear to come in response to a recent fender-bender in Beijing that...Read More»

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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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