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Researchers from Keen Security Lab in China discovered and demonstrated a vulnerability in Tesla's Model S vehicles that could allow a remote hacker to fiddle with various controls, everything from opening the moon roof and adjusting the power seats to even applying the brakes. The security outfit shared its findings with Tesla, which issued an over-the-air update to plug the security hole. The researchers said they spent several months looking for vulnerabilities in Tesla's connected vehicles and were able to find several security holes. What's particularly alarming about the flaws they found... Read more...
As anyone who's ever been in a committed relationship that eventually ended can attest, breakups aren't always smooth or amicable. The same goes in the business world. Proof of that is playing out right before our very eyes as Tesla Motors and Mobileye engage the media in a game of he-said-she-said over why the two parted ways. According to Tesla, it has nothing to do with safety concerns related to the automaker's Autopilot technology, as Mobileye indicated to the press a day earlier.From Tesla's perspective, Mobileye is acting like a scorned ex-lover and ticked at the automaker's decision to... Read more...
Mobileye parted ways with Tesla not long after the first death was reported of a driver using Tesla’s Autopilot system. At the time, Mobileye didn’t exactly explain its reasoning (although it was pretty obvious) and Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated that Mobileye simply couldn’t keep up with this company’s rapid advancements in technology for its vehicles and that “our parting ways was inevitable.” This week, Mobileye chief technology officer Amnon Shashua has shed additional light on why it decided to leave Tesla at the altar. Shashua accused Tesla of “pushing the envelope in terms of safety” and that... Read more...
Tesla is in the process of upgrading its Autopilot system to better 'see' the world surrounding world and discern from potentially dangerous objects that need to be avoided and those that don't require braking. Several of the changes that will ultimately lead to a smarter Autopilot system have been introduced in version 8 of its software. Version 8 contains dozens of small refinements, though the most significant upgrade is that of more advanced signal processing that taps the onboard radar to create a picture of the outside world. This represents a major change in strategy for Tesla and its Autopilot... Read more...
Let’s face it; no one was calling the Tesla Model S P90D a slow car — especially with Ludicrous Mode engaged. The vehicle is already fast enough to slay Porsches and most Ferraris in a straight line. However, being “good” isn’t enough. Tesla wants to be the “best”. Hence, the company has finally introduced the long-rumored 100 kWh battery for both the Model S sedan and the Model X crossover. This is the largest capacity battery ever offer in a Tesla vehicle, besting the 90 kWh option that was introduced last year. When affixed to the Model S, the vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in... Read more...
Well folks it's official, SolarCity is joining Tesla after accepting a proposed buyout offer by the latter. Tesla made a formal bid to acquire SolarCity a month ago, and the two companies have now reached an agreement to combine forces, creating what Tesla brags is the world's only vertically integrated sustainable energy company. This is an all-stock transaction with an equity value of $2.6 billion based on the 5-day volume-weighted average price of Tesla shares as of July 29, 2016. As part of the buyout agreement, SolarCity shareholders will receive 0.110 Tesla common shares for each SolarCity... Read more...
Tesla Motors is working feverishly to finish constructing its $5 billion, 3,200 acre "Gigafactory" located outside Sparks, Nevada (near Reno). It's already semi-operational with 1,000 construction workers toiling away seven days a week in two shifts. The factory, which is two years ahead of schedule, will help meet what's anticipated to be high demand for lithium-ion batteries for Tesla's not-yet-released Model 3 sedan. "We have to be ready with cell and pack production well ahead of vehicle production," JB Straubel, Tesla’s chief technical officer and co-founder, told The Wall Street Journal during... Read more...
It looks like Tesla will not be getting competition from Apple anytime soon. Apple’s rumored electric car, “Project Titan”, has reportedly been delayed until 2021 due to complications with its development. Why is the car being delayed? Well, no one really knows. Some theorize that the delay is due to the departure of Project Titan leader Steve Zadesky this past year. Others have argued that the brothers working on the project -- Brian, Kevin, and Michael Sumner -- have not finished developing the software needed to capture the tremendous amounts of data Apple cars will generate. Apple will need... Read more...
Tesla is shifting focus always from being primarily an auto manufacturer to a company that is all about sustainable energy (the company recently dropped the “Motors” from its name). Elon Musk detailed his vision for the company in what he dubs “Master Plan, Part Deux” in a blog posting. Musk’s original master plan was revealed in August 2006, and the company has met all of those goals, which include 1) creating an expensive low-volume car, 2) using the funds from that vehicle to produce a medium volume car at a lower starting price, 3) create a high-volume affordable car for the masses and 4) introduce... Read more...
Amidst all the negativity that has been swirling around Tesla Motors in the past month, the company has skipped a lot of the usual fanfare to introduce a cheaper variant of the Model X crossover. But even though the new Model X 60D is $9,000 less expensive than the previous entry-level model, the Model X 75D, it’s still a vehicle reserved for well-healed Americans with a starting price tag of $74,000. Given its 60D nomenclature, we can easily determine that this vehicle has all-wheel-drive (AWD) and a 60 kWh battery. However, the battery is 60 kWh in name only — Tesla has likely installed a 75... Read more...
Yet another agency is looking into a fatal crash involving a 2015 Tesla Model S. The latest to don its detective cap is the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which is investigating whether Tesla ran afoul of securities regulations by not telling investors of the crash involving the company's self-driving car technology. The accident occurred in early May and took the life of Joshua Brown, the owner of the Model S that struck an 18-wheeler when the tractor trailer crossed in front of him on a divided highway. At the time of the accident, the vehicle's Autopilot mode was engaged. Unfortunately... Read more...
Ever since the fatal Model S crash that occurred back in May, it looks as though every driver that has a serious accident with their Tesla EV is looking to blame Autopilot. Such was the case last week when a Model X flipped over on its roof on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. And now, a Model X driver that crashed on a dark two-lane road in Whitehall, Montana at 2AM is also looking to blame Autopilot. Now before we starting pointing fingers, we should note that Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has stated that Autopilot actually works better at night than it does in the day time:@elimelechweiss actually works... Read more...
Tesla Motors could use a bit of positive publicity to offset the recent scrutiny over its autonomous vehicle technology. What better way to do that than to hint at something awesome (and super secret) through social media? Tesla co-founder and product architect Elon Musk attempted to do just that by referencing a "Tesla masterplan" on Twitter."Working on top secret Telsa masterplan, part two. Hoping to publish later this week," Musk tweeted out over the weekend. His tweet elicited a bevy of guesses and humorous responses on Twitter, some of the former being a flying car and an Iron Man suit. As... Read more...
Following the first fatal accident involving Tesla's autonomous vehicle technology, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is sending a team of five investigators to Florida next week to investigate the crash and the circumstances that allowed the accident to occur. That's in addition to a probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTS). Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety advocacy group in Washington, told Bloomberg that NTSB's probe is "very significant," adding that "the NTSB only investigates crashes with broader implications." Indeed,... Read more...
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