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Sometimes, too much technology can be a hindrance to production goals, and Tesla recently found this out the hard way. Tesla, which is well known for its groundbreaking Model S hatchback and Model X crossover electric vehicles, attempted to go full-tilt with robots and automation to reach lofty production goals with its mainstream Model 3.  Tesla CEO Elon Musk has now admitted that the company's over-reliance on automation is actually the reason why the Model 3 is behind schedule. Speaking with CBS' Gayle King, Musk admitted, "We had this crazy, complex network of conveyor belts... And it was not working, so we got rid of that whole thing.” "Yes, excessive automation... Read more...
On March 23, a Tesla Model X driver died after his vehicle drifted from its intended driving path and plowed into a concrete highway barrier. A subsequent investigation by Tesla determined that Autopilot was engaged during the time of the crash, and that that driver had not touched the steering wheel for six seconds prior to the collision. As is usually the case with these kinds of incidents, Tesla is off course trying to shift blame away from itself, and in this case is placing it on the deceased driver. This became even more apparent this week as the family of the deceased driver, Walter Huang, is preparing to sue Tesla for negligence in his death. However, Tesla is pushing back strong,... Read more...
Tesla is well on its way to ramping up production of its entry-level Model 3 electric vehicle, but what many people are wondering is when the all-wheel drive (dual motor) variant will finally reach production. After all, AWD has been extremely popular with the Model S and is what helps give the flagship sedan a staggering amount of horsepower and the ability to rip off sub-3 second 0-60 times. A Model 3 reservation holder (who opted for the AWD configuration) inquired to Tesla CEO Elon Musk when production would begin ramping of the dual-motor vehicles. Musk responded that Tesla will need to get production levels up to roughly 5,000 vehicles per week before it can realistically deal with... Read more...
After getting off to a rocky start with Model 3 production, Tesla is starting to show some signs of stability and is increasing its output at a steady clip. The company announced this week that it produced 9,766 Model 3 electric vehicles during the opening three months of 2018. That's not counting the Model S and Model X, which added another 23,768 units to that tally, bringing Tesla's total output for the quarter at 34,494 units (a 40 percent increase from Q4 2017). Putting those numbers more into perspective, Tesla said that it produced 2020 Model 3s during the past week. Over the next week, it hopes to stabilize production at 2,000 Model 3s along with a mix of 2,000 [more expensive] Model... Read more...
Tragedy struck last week for a man and his family in California. The man was driving in his Tesla Model X when the vehicle struck a concrete barrier on Highway 101 near Mountain View -- he died as a result of the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has been investigating to determine if the Autopilot feature was engaged, and now Tesla has now confirmed that it was in fact turned on at the time of the accident. Tesla wrote, "In the moments before the collision, which occurred at 9:27 a.m. on Friday, March 23rd, Autopilot was engaged with the adaptive cruise control follow-distance set to minimum. The driver had received several visual and one audible hands-on warning earlier... Read more...
Facebook has been embroiled in an almost obscene amount of controversy this past week, as governments begin to ask the social networking giant how a third-party firm managed to acquire comprehensive details on 50 million of its users. A year ago, the idea that Facebook was abused to steer the US election could have been considered a conspiracy, but now, it's widely believed to be likely. Not long after this story originally broke, there was an immediate uptick in the number of people deciding to close or delete their Facebook account. Before long, #DeleteFacebook became a trending hashtag, and it's growing momentum. For a regular user to delete their Facebook account, it may not seem very dramatic.... Read more...
At a time when Tesla is struggling to keep up with demand for the Model 3, it has taken a rather curious turn with regards to its vast Supercharger Station network. If you recall, Superchargers are used to fast charge Tesla EVs, and were at a time free for all Model S and Model X owners. However, Tesla began charging new customers "a small fee" for that privilege on January 1st, 2017 (although an annual of 400 kWh is included in the purchase price). A new report shows that the fee that Tesla has been charging customers will increase dramatically for some customers. According to Electrek, rates have increased on average between 20 to 40 percent across all markets in the United States. For example,... Read more...
Tesla is gaining yet another competitor in the electric crossover vehicle realm, and it’s from a well-known brand. Jaguar first revealed its I-PACE concept in late 2016, and today it pulled the wraps off the production version of the vehicle. Unlike most concept-to-production transformations, not much has been lost here with respect to styling on the I-PACE. The vehicle advances Jaguar's current design language and applies it to a lifted four-door "coupe" profile (even though we hate the coupe term when used for anything but a two-door).  It's a forward-looking design, without looking somewhat tacky like the Hyundai Kona Electric. On the inside, the futuristic design trends continue... Read more...
When it comes to electric vehicles, products from Tesla tend to suck all of the oxygen out of the room. After all, it's hard to argue with the good looks and forward-looking technology that's strewn throughout EV's like the Model S and Model 3. However, other manufacturers are quickly catching up, and Hyundai has just unveiled a new crossover EV that comes close to matching the endurance of the "Long Range" variant of the Model 3. The new Kona Electric looks quite similar to its gasoline-engine counterpart, but is available in two configurations. The base, short-range model has a 99 kW electric motor that is paired with a 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. This combination is enough to... Read more...
It looks as though few people (or companies) are truly safe from cryptocurrency miners. Hackers have attempted various avenues to mine for Monero, with the latest crop of evildoers targeting Tesla's Kubernetes console, which unfortunately was not password protected. Once the Kubernetes console was compromised, the intruders were able to obtain credentials for accessing Tesla's Amazon S3 account, and the private data that was stored with the service. However, it doesn't appear that Tesla's data was the target of the hackers. Instead, they wanted to use the company's Amazon S3 resources for cryptocurrency mining. According to RedLock, which first discovered the intrusion, the hackers installed... Read more...
Records are meant to be broken, but not all records are desirable. Just ask Tesla, the electric vehicle company that just posted its biggest quarterly loss ever. While the pertinent figures are buried at the bottom of a long-winded financial report extolling the progress Tesla has made in 2017, they reveal a $675 million loss on $3.29 billion in revenue for the three-month period ended December 31. That's up from a loss of $619 million in the previous quarter and brings the total loss all of 2017 to $1.96 billion. Tesla's latest quarterly loss also matches the entirely of 2016, when the company posted a $675 loss for the full year. Those are not the kind of figures a company or its investors... Read more...
Tesla’s Model S has been roaming the streets since 2012, and has pretty much had the high-end, all-electric sedan market to itself. The car is good looking, is loaded with tech, and a P100D in Ludicrous Mode is able to rip off 0-60 times in less than 2.5 seconds. However, Tesla's EV performance crown will soon be challenged by Porsche, which is well along in development of its Mission E, with production set for 2019. The Mission E looks shares styling cues with its Porsche brethren, but looks more futuristic than the "familiar" styling of the Model S. Luckily for us, the folks at Automobile are spilling the beans on what we can expect with regards to performance on the Mission E. As expected,... Read more...
Tesla seems to have a lot on its plate these days; the company is humming along with production of the Model S and Model X, while it is struggling to meet production targets for the entry-level Model 3. In addition, the company is taking deposits for its long-haul Semi, while its kickass second-generation Roadster is far along in development. For a relatively small auto manufacturer like Tesla, that would be more than enough to keep busy for the foreseeable future. But Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants more. The overachieving Musk took to Twitter yesterday to inform fans that a Tesla pickup truck is on the way. Yes, you heard that right. I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y.... Read more...
It may be time for Christmas and other December holidays, but Tesla has decided to inject some Easter into the current season. Just days ago, the company released yet another Easter egg; and in this holiday season, it couldn't be more appropriate. Once the latest Easter egg is activated, your Tesla infotainment system on the in-dash display will switch into Santa Mode with the jolly old elf on his sled. And when using autopilot, it changes all of the surrounding traffic into reindeer. You could say that Tesla really sleighed this one! To access the hidden treat, you need to have your vehicle updated to the 2017.50.2 firmware. At that point, you must tap and hold the T in "Tesla" on the main... Read more...
Tesla is indeed developing custom AI semiconductors that will help with autonomous driving chores, company CEO and founder Elon Musk has finally confirmed. It is not entirely clear if Tesla is working with AMD on specialized hardware for its electric vehicles, though Musk did offer up that Jim Keller, a microprocessor engineer who previously worked for AMD and Apple, is working on the hardware for Tesla. Keller joined Tesla in 2016. He is the automaker's President of Autopilot Hardware and Software Engineering, and presumably is the one who is in charge of the company's effort to build to a custom AI chip. Previously he spearheaded both AMD's K8 and Apple's A-Series chip efforts. When Tesla brought... Read more...
Some laughed at the thought of Tesla developing a big rig capable of competing with the large fleets of diesel trucks that crisscross the United States. Given the company's penchant for product delays and quality glitches, many wondered who would actually pony up the cash to purchase a Tesla Semi. Apparently, Anheuser-Busch isn't bothered by such questions, as it has made the largest order to date of Tesla Semis. The beer manufacturer has pre-ordered 40 trucks in an effort to the increase the efficiency of its fleet and reduce its environmental impact. On the latter point, Anheuser-Busch says that it will reduce is "operational" carbon footprint by up to 30 percent by the year 2025. For a company... Read more...
Pricing is in for Tesla's upcoming Semi, and it is surprisingly competitive with traditional diesel big rigs that are currently roaming the nation's highways and city streets. Tesla has priced the Semi at $150,000 for the 300-mile version, while the 500-mile version will set you back $180,000. To put that in perspective, a modern diesel big rig will cost you around $120,000 according to MIT Technology Review. However, for trucking companies that want to go full-tilt with a Tesla Semi purchase, there is a Founder Series model that will be available for a $200,000 ($200,000 will also get you into a new Tesla Roadster). There will only be 1,000 Founder Series Tesla Semis available, and there's no... Read more...
Tesla revealed its all-electric Semi to the world last night in a flashy California press event, and the fruits of the company's labors are already coming to bear. Walmart announced today that it has preordered 15 of the big rigs for its North American trucking fleet. "We have a long history of testing new technology – including alternative-fuel trucks – and we are excited to be among the first to pilot this new heavy-duty electric vehicle," said a company spokesperson in a statement to CNBC. "We believe we can learn how this technology performs within our supply chain, as well as how it could help us meet some of our long-term sustainability goals, such as lowering emissions." It should be noted,... Read more...
We knew that Tesla was working on a second-generation Roadster as the spiritual successor to its very first electric vehicle, but we didn't expect to see it unveiled last night during the equally big Semi event. But here it is in all its battery-powered glory, and it sure is gorgeous. Although it's still called the Tesla Roadster, this next generation concept remains more of a "targa" than an actual "roadster" per se, but that's just arguing semantics. Regardless, the concept takes the best of Tesla's current design language and mixes in enough of an exotic flair to challenge the likes of Porsche and Aston Martin. Inside, you'll find Tesla's usual minimalist interior complete with an F1-style... Read more...
Tesla went official with its new Semi at a special event last night. We had heard rumors of the battery-powered big rig back in August, and at the time it was tipped to have a rather short 300 mile driving range per charge. As it turns out the driving range for the Tesla Semi (that is the official name of the vehicle) is much better at 500 miles per charge. The Semi is obviously much bigger than Tesla's passenger cars, but it does seem to be lower to the ground than many of the big rigs that plow through the highways each day. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that the Semi is "designed like a bullet" and it certainly looks very aerodynamic. Most of the same safety and driver assistance tech that the... Read more...
Tesla founder Elon Musk has been hyping up self-driving capabilities of his company's upcoming Model 3 automobile, but if you ask General Motors, the automaker will tell you he is "full of crap." Yes, those were the words GM's director of autonomous vehicle integration Scott Miller threw at Australian journalists in Detroit, which leaves little doubt to how and (and presumably his employer) really feels about Tesla."I think he is full of crap," Miller said. "To think you can see everything you need for a level five autonomous car with cameras and radar, I don't know how you do that."Image Source: TeslaMiller is referring to the rating system introduced by the US Department of Transportation's... Read more...
Those big touchscreen displays inside Tesla's fleet of automobiles might be getting a brain transplant. At present, hardware from NVIDIA powers the information and entertainment experiences displayed on the large displays, but for how long remains to be seen—it is said that Tesla is planning a switch to Intel hardware on its Model 3 and new versions of its other electric vehicles.If true, this would be another blow inflicted to NVIDIA from Tesla. It was reported last week that Tesla had begun working with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) to develop custom artificial intelligence chips to replace NVIDIA's Tegra system-on-chips (SoCs) for its Autopilot system. There does not appear to be any bad blood... Read more...
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