Tesla Autopilot

Tesla Model X using Autopilot self-driving tech sped up automatically before fatal crash
Tesla Model X using Autopilot self-driving tech sped up automatically before fatal crash

A report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board said that a Tesla Model X fitted with the automaker's Autopilot self-driving car tech accelerated on its own before striking a damaged highway barrier near Mountain View, California, in March. The impact killed the Tesla's...Read More»

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Tesla partners with British insurer for Autopilot discount

British insurer Direct Line is now offering a 5 percent discount to Tesla drivers to encourage them to use semi-autonomous driving tech. The offer is part of a collaboration between the insurance company and Tesla, which is estimated to have sold over 2,500 vehicles equipped with its Autopilot tech...Read More»

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Report: Driver in fatal Tesla crash ignored warnings to keep his hands on the wheel

On May 7, 2016, Joshua Brown was killed when his Tesla Model S collided with an 18-wheeler in Williston, Florida. News of the fatal accident was accompanied by plenty of speculation about what Brown had been doing at the time of the crash. A newly published, 538-page report from the National...Read More»

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Tesla asks for permission to gather video clips from cars in Autopilot update

Tesla recently rolled out its Autopilot 8.1 software update, offering nifty new features for folks who'd bought vehicles equipped with Tesla's Autopilot 2 hardware. Over the weekend, Tesla published yet another Autopilot update, bringing even more bells and whistles to later-model Tesla vehicles...Read More»

Tesla Enhanced Autopilot
Tesla sued for its "half-baked" Autopilot software

Since Tesla Autopilot debuted in the fall of 2015, it's earned plenty of fans and foes. The former love the safety and convenience offered by the semi-self-driving system, while the latter complain that Tesla foisted dangerous beta software on owners who didn't ask for it. This week, Autopilot...Read More»

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GM swings back at Tesla with Super Cruise self-driving software

Yesterday, Tesla slipped past General Motors to become America's most highly valued automaker. Now, GM says that it's planning to equip one of its luxury sedans, the Cadillac CT6, with "the industry’s first true hands-free driving technology"--a not-so-subtle jab at Tesla's well-known...Read More»

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What's in the Tesla 8.1 software update? (Autopilot improvements, that's what.)

Tesla Autopilot has had plenty of critics since it rolled out to Model S and Model X vehicles in October 2015 as part of an over-the-air update of the company's 7.0 software. Many owners cheered the arrival of semi-self-driving features, but safety advocates and more than a few politicians...Read More»

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Tesla now offers insurance and maintenance for life

Self-driving cars are going to ruin everything--in a good way. If all goes as planned, they'll dramatically reduce auto accidents and highway fatalities; boost fuel efficiency; minimize traffic jams; and maybe even cut the number of vehicles we own. Autonomous vehicles are likely to wreak havoc on...Read More»

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Google's Waymo is leading the self-driving car race

Google's self-driving car project--now known as Waymo--has put plenty of miles on the odometer. In fact, since 2009, the company's autonomous fleet has traveled 2.3 million miles without assistance from their human companions. All that work is paying big dividends, according to new data from the...Read More»

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GM Switchgate scandal, Tesla Autopilot probe both wind down

Last week, Volkswagen and Takata reached major settlements with the U.S. government over their respective misdeeds, and many suggest that the timing--coming one week before the swearing in of Donald Trump as president--was no coincidence. By most accounts, the companies wanted to finalize those...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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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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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»

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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Ford promises autonomous cars for ride-sharing by 2021

We've spent a lot of time writing about (1) self-driving cars and (2) ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. There's a very good reason for that: those trends are poised to have a massive impact on the auto industry and dramatically change the way we get around. Initially, the leaders in those...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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