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

Tesla Model S Autopilot system
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»

Tesla Autopilot sensor system
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»

2016 Tesla Model S
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»

Faraday Future FFZERO1 concept
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»

2016 Tesla Model S
Tesla quietly updates software to test new Autopilot features

Software updates are a necessary evil. On the downside, if you're unfortunate enough to experience one during the workday, it can eat up an hour or more of productivity. And of course, sometimes updates change things that we actually like, ridding our devices of perfectly useful features. The...Read More»

1,000th body for 2012 Tesla Model S on display at Tesla Motors factory, Fremont, CA, Oct 28, 2012
Has Tesla been violating labor laws in California?

Over the weekend, news broke about an accident at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. The accident itself wasn't especially noteworthy--it happened a year ago, in May 2015, and thankfully, the man made a full recovery. Ordinarily, it wouldn't have merited much attention. Except it did. The...Read More»

Tesla's 'Summon' feature (from the 'Revolutionize You Commute' video)
Tesla Model S owner claims car crashed in self-driving 'Summon' mode; Tesla denies report

In Utah, the owner of a Tesla Model S says that his semi-autonomous car crashed into the back of a trailer while he thought it was parked. Tesla Motors isn't so sure that's what happened. The owner, Jared Overton, says that he'd parked the vehicle and stepped inside a shop to run an errand. When he...Read More»

Nissan xStorage battery reveal (screencap)
Nissan takes on Tesla (again) with xStorage home battery

Historians may look back on this era and see two car companies at the forefront of the electrification revolution: Tesla Motors and Nissan. Back in 2010, the Tesla Roadster and the Nissan Leaf became the first two electric cars to generate significant interest among 21st century consumers. And now...Read More»

Tesla Model 3
Tesla ramps up production, promises 500,000 cars per year by 2018

Tesla Motors and its CEO, Elon Musk, have spent a good bit of time talking about their plans to boost production in the near future. Though the company currently builds fewer than 100,000 vehicles per year (closer to 80,000 or 90,000, in fact), Musk and others have said that they want production to...Read More»

At the groundbreaking for Faraday Future's production facility in North Las Vegas (April 13, 2016)
Faraday Future or far-off future? Company may not produce cars by 2018 after all

Remember Faraday Future? The company that debuted a 1,000-hp electric car back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show? Well, we have good news and bad news. The good news is, Faraday recently broke ground on a $1 billion production facility in Nevada, not far from the site where the FFZERO1...Read More»

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