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We've been hearing about the Hyperloop transport system for quite some time, and for some of us, the wait has been to just see the technology successfully tested. Well, that time has arrived, as a mere three years following the founding of Hyperloop, a test was pulled off without issue in the desert north of Las Vegas. But, while "without issue" is indeed true, the top speed reached isn't anywhere near what Hyperloop could ultimately achieve: about 750KM/h. This test instead capped at 160KM/h (100MPH), which in itself would still be quite fast (versus highway speeds) given the fixed path. Brogan... Read more...
When it comes to electric vehicles, Tesla Motors is always at the forefront of the discussion. There’s Tesla, and then there’s everyone else. Look no further than the $35,000 Model 3, which has racked up over 300,000 reservations despite the fact that the vehicle won’t be available until late 2017 at the earliest. And when it comes to self-driving technology in production vehicles, Tesla’s Autopilot is usually the first to pop into the mind of techies around the globe. With that in mind, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been talking up the virtues of Autopilot, and its superiority to human drivers in dealing... Read more...
After unveiling its entry-level Model 3 EV over a week ago, Tesla Motors is set to deliver some more goodies for its existing product portfolio this week. The popular and incredibly expensive Model S will reportedly crib a feature found in its larger Model X sibling: the Bioweapon Defense Mode. The Bioweapon Defense Mode is activated using a button on the dashboard, creates positive pressure within the cabin and relies on a massive HEPA filter (10 times larger than those found in typical vehicles) to fend off any unwanted, harmful particles. During the Model X unveil in September, Tesla CEO Elon... Read more...
It’s safe to say that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is grinning ear to ear, waiting for the perfect opportunity to throw some shade on his competitors with the confirmation that his company’s first-stage Falcon 9 rocket landed successfully on an off-shore drone ship. This is the fourth time that SpaceX has attempted to land a Falcon 9 off-shore, with all three previous attempts ending in spectacular failure. But the rocket gods were with SpaceX today and the Falcon 9 touched down just slightly off center on the “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship. There was no drama, just a picturesque landing that... Read more...
It’s been an amazing week for Tesla Motors. Last Thursday evening, CEO Elon Musk took to the stage to reveal his company’s fourth ever EV: the Model 3. While Tesla's previous offerings have been aimed at well-heeled buyers, the Model 3 is going after the heart of the mainstream market with a price tag of $35,000 before credits and rebates (the average selling price for a new car in America in 2015 was $33,000). By the time Musk had finished his presentation, preorders for the Model 3 had already far surpassed 100,000 units. The next day, orders topped 200,000 and a few days later approached 300,000.... Read more...
In case you been living under a rock for the past 24 hours, Tesla Motors unveiled its electric car for the masses, the Model 3, last night. As the follow-up to the award winning Model S and the eccentric Model X, the Model 3 has some big shoes to fill and customers are eagerly forking over down deposits to secure their place in line to purchase one. Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to give some updates on the status of Model 3 preorders, and the numbers are quite staggering. According to Musk, 198,000 reservations had been placed as of 1PM EST today. Given that it’s close to 9PM EST now, it’s... Read more...
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has been hyping up what will likely be the most important model ever for his decade-old electric car company for over a year now. Today, after much anticipation, we get our first look at the Model 3 in the flesh, and oh boy is it a beauty. If you were already enamored with the looks of the handsome Model S, the Model 3 caries on the same design theme in a slightly shrunken package. Perhaps the biggest difference in styling is up front — while the Model S has a faux grille to create the illusion of a more conventional internal combustion-engine vehicle, the Model 3 avoids... Read more...
Folks, the wait is almost over. After initially piquing our interests with the Roadster, and then revolutionizing the EV market with the Model S, Tesla Motors is going “mass market” with its Model III EV. Today, we’ve learned that the company will lift the veil on the vehicle at a Los Angeles event on March 31st. Whereas the Model S starts at $75,000 for the based 70D model and can top $108,000 for the high performance P90D, the more plebian Model III will start at just $35,000 before any incentives are applied. "We can confirm it's $35,000 before incentives," confirmed a Tesla spokeswoman early... Read more...
If you’re a fan of all things Tesla, you’ll be delighted to learn that a sneaky white hat hacker has uncovered an unannounced, if not totally predictable, addition to the Model S and Model X product families. Jason Hughes did some poking around in Tesla’s recent 7.1 firmware and discovered references to a P100D. Given that Tesla discontinued the 85kWh 85D/P85D and currently fields the 90kWh 90D/P90D, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the P100D is referencing a future performance version of the Model S with a 100kWh battery pack. The current 90kWh battery pack gives the Model... Read more...
On Earth, Elon Musk is conquering the electric car market with Tesla Motors. In Earth’s orbit, the Musk-helmed SpaceX is revolutionizing commercial spaceflight and aiming to send U.S. astronauts into space with its Falcon rockets and Dragon crew capsules now that the Space Shuttle has been mothballed. But this is Elon Musk that we’re talking about here — he of course has even higher aspirations. Later this year, we’ll get a taste of what SpaceX is cooking up as it aims to go past Earth’s orbit onto a more ambitious destination: Mars. While visiting Hong Kong this week, Musk indicated that he plans... Read more...
When it comes to successful return landings for its Falcon 9 reusable rockets on Earth, it looks as though SpaceX has everything figured out. Things haven’t looked so hot at-sea, however, with SpaceX racking up two previous failures prior to yesterday’s third failed landing attempt on a floating droneship in the ocean. But we’ve got to give SpaceX a lot of credit for actually sticking the landing, something that CEO Elon Musk alluded to with the following tweet yesterday afternoon: However, that was not what prevented it being good. Touchdown speed was ok, but a leg lockout didn't... Read more...
SpaceX looked to pop open the champagne bottles with a successful landing at sea following its landmark ground landing last month. However, an unscathed landing at sea has eluded SpaceX once again. We must start off by saying that SpaceX’s primary mission, to launch NASA’s Jason-3 ocean-monitoring satellite into orbit, was a success. However the the first stage Falcon 9 rocket once again failed to land upright and intact on its floating barge platform. At this point, we don’t have video footage of the landing, but SpaceX took to Twitter to write: First stage on target at droneship... Read more...
Elon Musk is fully aware that Apple's working on an electric vehicle of its own. The Cupterino outfit hasn't announced anything of the sort, but as far as Musk is concerned, it's pretty much an "open secret" based on the talent Apple has hired and other leaked information. And you know what? He welcomes the rivalry, if there ends up being one.There's already some drama that's taken place between Tesla and Apple. Back in October, Musk took a jab at Apple's hiring spree of former Tesla employees."Important engineers? They have hired people we've fired," Musk told Handelsblatt, a German publication.... Read more...
Tesla said it's rolling out a software update, Tesla Version 7.1, that will put some new restrictions on hands-free driving in Model S sedans. After applying the the update, Model S vehicles in Autopilot mode will be restricted to going no more than 5 miles per hour over the speed limit when cruising through residential neighborhoods and highways without a divider. Having Autopilot on will also result in Tesla's vehicles slowing down in situations where a human driver might do the same, like on curves or after flipping the turn signal in anticipation of an upcoming turn. This is to make the autopilot... Read more...
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