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Elon Musk is in an informative mode today, as he fired off a number of tweets relating to Tesla’s upcoming entry-level Model 3 EV. For those that need a refresher, the Model 3 will be priced from $35,000 (before tax credits/rebates) and will have at least 215+ miles of range per charge. Musk started off his morning tweet storm by lamenting the fact that he named the car “Model 3”, stating that some people have mistakenly assumed that the vehicle is somehow superior to the Model S. But he reminded everyone that the Model S is the technological star of the Tesla family. Musk went on to explain that... Read more...
Is Elon Musk secretly working on a race of Dr. Whovian Cybermen? The magnate recently argued at the World Government Summit in Dubai that human beings would need to merge at least slightly with robots in order to keep up in an increasingly AI-dominated world. Musk fears that humans will become irrelevant if they do not incorporate the technology they have created into themselves. The World Government Summit was also Musk’s opportunity to launch Tesla in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Musk explained that while computers can communicate at "a trillion bits per second", humans can barely type with... Read more...
Things are definitely looking good over in NVIDIA land these days. Yesterday afternoon, the company announced its fiscal Q4 2017 and full-year fiscal 2017 earnings and the results were quite impressive. Revenue for the quarter shot up 55 percent to $2.17 billion compared to the same period a year ago. Likewise, full-year revenue rose 38 percent year-over-year to $6.91 billion.NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were reported at $1.13 compared to just $0.52 a year earlier, while the full-year metric was $3.06, representing an 83 percent increase. Nearly... Read more...
Do you have your eyes on Tesla’s entry-level Model 3 electric sedan? Well, you aren’t the only one as over 300,000 people plunked down $1,000 deposits to hold their place in line to receive the vehicle, which starts at $35,000 before federal and state tax credits. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has stated that regular production will begin by the summer of 2017, which means that early bird pre-order customers should [hopefully] have their vehicles in hand by Christmas. However, during the lead-up to full-scale production, Tesla needs to work out the kinks with a limited production or “pilot” run of Model... Read more...
The remarkable thing about Tesla's automobile lineup is not just that they're electric vehicles with fancy technologies such as Auto Pilot (self-driving mode), but that they remain sporty in performance. This is especially true of the 2017 Tesla Model S P100D. Initiating what Tesla calls Ludicrous Model, which puts added stress on the motor, gearbox, and battery for a performance boost, the Model S P100D was able to hit 0-60 miles per hour in less than 2.3 seconds.The enthusiast drivers at Motor Trend took the 4,891-pound vehicle to the track where it posted the fastest 0-60 mph time of any production... Read more...
Elon Musk is boring. No, he really is. The brilliant business magnate just released a first glimpse of his boring machine that he intends to use to tunnel under the streets of Los Angeles. Late last night Musk tweeted an image of a large boring machine with the cutting head unattached with the caption “Minecraft”. Last week workers were spotted excavating a test trench 30 feet wide, 50 feet long, and 15 feet deep in front of SpaceX’s Los Angeles headquarters. The excavation's current location corresponds with Musk’s wish of developing a seven mile tunnel between the 105 freeway and the entrance... Read more...
Tesla is one of the hottest companies around these days, and it is continually adding new talent to help bolster its self-driving operations. And increasingly, Tesla has been picking its top prospects from Apple’s deep bench. Early last year, Tesla secured Jim Keller, an engineer that spearheaded both AMD K8 and Apple A-Series chip efforts, in order to lead in-house development of Autopilot hardware. This week, Tesla managed to steal the head of Apple’s Swift programming language: Chris Lattner. Lattner is settling in with his new role as Vice President of Autopilot Software at Tesla. He takes... Read more...
Tesla recently brought some New Year’s joy to owners of recently-delivered Model S and Model X EVs. CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce that brand new Autopilot software for HW2 vehicles has been pushed out to roughly 1,000 vehicles. In case you were wondering, HW2 stands for Hardware 2.0, which includes all the necessary hardware for full self-driving capabilities. All vehicles made since October are HW2-compliant. Tesla described HW2 in October, writing: Eight surround cameras provide 360-degree visibility around the car at up to 250 meters of range. Twelve updated ultrasonic sensors complement... Read more...
We often hear about everything that goes wrong when it comes to Tesla’s Autopilot system that is featured on the Model S and Model X (and soon, the Model 3). But what about when it gets everything right and helps to avoid an accident? Avoiding an accident might be a common occurrence for Autopilot, but what about when it predicts an imminent crash — two cars ahead of you? That is exactly what happened in The Netherlands. You can see a Tesla Model X cruising along in the left lane, while the vehicle directly in front of it is speeding along seemingly oblivious to what is taking place ahead. However,... Read more...
The self-driving car evolution is coming and we had better be prepared for it. Google/Alphabet has formed a new company, Waymo, which will plot a course forward for autonomous vehicle operations. The company already has a fleet of 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans coming online, and it is currently in talks with Honda to add even more vehicles to the fray. This is in addition to Google’s existing fleet of Lexus and Toyota hybrid vehicles and efforts from other tech companies like NVIDIA, which just got authorization for testing for its Drive PX2 systems in California, various auto manufacturers... Read more...
If a customer complains to the right person, it's impressive just how quickly action can be taken. On December 10, a Twitter user pinged Tesla head Elon Musk about how ridiculous it is that Supercharger stations are always being hogged by people with fully-charged vehicles. Without much hesitation, Musk replied, stating that action will be taken. Well, it sure didn't take long for that action to be taken. Beginning right now, if Tesla owners hog a Supercharger, their bank account is going to be dinged until the vehicle is removed. It's hard to find fault with this mechanic, as the terms are quite... Read more...
Samsung and Tesla are joining forces with Samsung set in place to manufacture SoCs (System on Chip) for Tesla’s self-driving cars and thus developing its own Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) foundry. The agreement between Samsung and Tesla was reportedly signed on December 8th. A representative for the industry stated, “This is a long-term project that requires about 3 years for design, production of prototype, and mass-production. Working with a leading company like Tesla will provide an opportunity to greatly increase capability of Samsung Electronics’ automotive field.” An ASIC... Read more...
We like things that are awesome. You probably like things that are awesome, too (we're not going out on much of a limb with that assumption). So, do you want to know something that's awesome that we stumbled upon? Sure you do, which is why we're sharing a video of Tesla's Autopilot technology in action, though not as you've seen it before. The video doesn't just show an autonomous vehicle weaving driving through a city, it uses highlighted color coding so that we can see what the sensors see. Tesla has put a ton of work into its Autopilot technology. Vehicles equipped with Autopilot have eight... Read more...
Elon Musk isn’t just content with shaking up the car market (Tesla) or the space industry (SpaceX). With the shareholder-approved acquisition of SolarCity, Musk is also looking to revolutionize solar energy in the United States. Late last month, Musk unveiled textured quartz glass tiles that will be used in place of asphalt shingles that cover typical homes across America. But the added benefit of Tesla’s solar roof is that while they provide nearly the same energy benefits of typical solar panel installations on homes, they also happen to look like contemporary roofs with Textured Glass, Slate... Read more...
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