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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 function. "The radar was added to all Tesla vehicles in October 2014 as part of the Autopilot... 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 the sensors that detect the surroundings of the Model S failed to detect the 18-wheeler,... 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 best at night— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 15, 2015 This because the reflective paint and markers... Read more...
It seems as though Tesla Motors just can’t catch a break these days. Last week, the company reported that it was under investigation by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) after a driver was killed using Autopilot in a Model S EV. While blaming fingers quickly pointed to Tesla, it was shortly thereafter revealed that the driver of the vehicle was in fact watching a Harry Potter movie when he collided with a big rig (which neither he for obvious reasons nor the Model S’ forward-looking cameras managed to notice). Now it’s being reported that Autopilot was enabled in another recent Tesla EV crash, although luckily, this accident wasn’t fatal. The driver of a Model... Read more...
Just a day after it was reported that a man was killed in a tragic accident involving a Tesla Motors Model S electric vehicle, more details surrounding the circumstances of the incident are coming to light. As Tesla has stated repeatedly when it comes to using Autopilot, it’s the responsibility of the driver to maintain control of the vehicle at all times. Eyewitness reports and police officials that were on the scene immediately after the crash have added some much needed clarity. Frank Baressi, the driver of the truck that Joshua Brown's Model S crashed into, said that a Harry Potter movie was still playing inside the vehicle after the collision. “Harry Potter [was playing] on the TV screen,”... Read more...
We have some rather tragic news to report in the world of autonomous driving. Via a blog posting on its site, Tesla Motors reported that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation into the company after a fatal crash involving a Model S EV that was operating semi-autonomously via Autopilot. According to reports from the Levy County Journal and from Tesla itself, the vehicle was traveling along a divided highway when a tractor trailer that was initially traveling in the opposite direction made a left turn perpendicularly in front of it. According to Tesla, “neither Autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor trailer... Read more...
From a technological standpoint, the Tesla Motors Model X is an amazing vehicle. The crossover impresses with its all-electric all-wheel-drive drivetrain, neck-snapping Ludicrous Mode and crowd pleasing Falcon Wing rear doors. However, it’s that last feature that has brought the most negative attention to the vehicle. The Falcon Wing doors have been problematic, often malfunctioning or not operating at all. Despite the fact that the Model X was delayed multiple times — in part due to the issues with the rear doors — Barret Lyon filed a lawsuit against Tesla for allegedly rushing the vehicle into production with known faults. Surprisingly enough, Lyon won his case and Tesla has agreed to buy back... 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 with potential collisions on our highways. “The probability of having an accident is 50% lower... 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 mode a bit more safe, though Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a conference call to reporters that... Read more...
They say you can’t fix stupid, but Tesla Motors is doing its best to prevent drivers from performing stupid stunts in their Model S electric cars using the Autopilot function. Last month, Tesla released a beta version of its Autopilot software for Model S sedans built since September 2014 (roughly 40,000 in number), and it didn’t take long for owners to perform risky maneuvers in the vehicles, putting not only themselves at danger, but also the rest of the motoring public. Autopilot uses a combination of cameras, radar and ultrasonic sensors to scan the vehicle’s surroundings and use this data to drive the vehicle autonomously in certain situations. Tesla is pretty excited about the functionality,... Read more...
We learned earlier this week that Tesla had a plan in the works that would end range anxiety — a fear that an electric vehicle will run out of juice before it can be plugged in to recharge — for its electric vehicles. Today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a new initiative to deal with range anxiety. Over the next two weeks, Model S electric vehicles will automatically download an over-the-air (OTA) update that will install the Range Assurance app on the vehicle. Range Assurance is a background process that runs all the time and maintains a real-time communications link with Tesla’s Supercharger network. Using information gleaned from the charging network, the vehicle will be able to alert the... Read more...
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