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Elon Musk Forming Company Dedicated To Merging Humans With Machines

Elon Musk Forming Company Dedicated To Merging Humans With Machines

Remember when Elon Musk said humankind would have to somehow merge with machines if we want to stay relevant in the face of the inevitable war between us and our robot overlords? He wasn’t kidding, and he’s formed a new company dedicated to figuring out how to do just that. [More]

Tesla Wants To Bundle Car Sales With Insurance And Maintenance

Tesla Wants To Bundle Car Sales With Insurance And Maintenance

Usually when you purchase a new vehicle, you know you’ll have to buy insurance separately, and — depending on the terms of the sale — pay for maintenance costs somewhere down the proverbial and literal road. Tesla says it’s planning to eventually bundle all of that together for one price. [More]

Elon Musk: Humans Need To Merge With Machines To Avoid Becoming Irrelevant

Elon Musk: Humans Need To Merge With Machines To Avoid Becoming Irrelevant

Does the idea of humanlike machines or machinelike humans freak you out? Maybe, but if we want to stay relevant in the face of the coming robot revolution, Elon Musk says we’ll have to become more cyborg-like. [More]

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Tesla Motors Officially Changes Name To Simply Tesla

After refusing to fold to pressure from German regulators and consumer safety advocates to change the name of its semi-autonomous driving feature Autopilot, the electric carmaker is changing something — its official name, dropping the “Motors” and becoming simply “Tesla.” [More]

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Tesla Accuses Former ‘Autopilot’ Manager Of Stealing Company Secrets

Between safety concerns and a tit-for-tat with a former supplier of parts for its assisted-driving system, Tesla’s Autopilot has been thrust into the spotlight numerous times in the last year. Now, the company is doing battle over the semi-autonomous feature again, this time suing a man who formerly worked as a manager for the division, claiming he stole company secrets to start his own self-driving company.  [More]

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Investigation Finds Tesla’s Autopilot Functioned Properly In Fatal Crash

As expected, federal safety regulators closed a months-long investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot feature after the fatal crash occurred when the semi-autonomous driving feature was activated, finding that the collision was not the result of a defect in the feature. [More]

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Feds Set To Close Investigation Into Fatal Tesla Autopilot Incident Without Recall

UPDATE: NHTSA has indeed closed its investigation into this collision and found that the driver was at fault. Click here for more details. [More]

Don’t Forget Your Keys: Tesla Owner Stranded When “Start By Phone” Doesn’t Work

Don’t Forget Your Keys: Tesla Owner Stranded When “Start By Phone” Doesn’t Work

Buying a Tesla means you’re buying a whole lot of technology, including the ability to unlock, start, and drive your vehicle through the company’s app. While that’s convenient, one owner recently found that you still shouldn’t leave home without your keys.  [More]

Tesla Announces Supercharger Pricing Scheme For New Customers

Tesla Announces Supercharger Pricing Scheme For New Customers

Last fall, Tesla announced that it would soon be pulling the plug on the totally free use of its Supercharger stations, giving prospective Tesla buyers until Jan. 15 to place an order that would lock in this free access. With that deadline looming, the company has finally revealed vague details on what latecomers should expect to pay for fast-charging their pricey electric vehicles. [More]

Tesla Powering Up New Battery-Making Gigafactory

Tesla Powering Up New Battery-Making Gigafactory

Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s battery-making dreams are finally coming true with the start of operations at the company’s Gigafactory in Reno, NV. [More]

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You Have Until Jan. 15 To Lock In Unlimited Access To Tesla Superchargers

If you were bummed when Tesla Motors announced it would be ending the program that gives Model S and Model X owners free access to the company’s Supercharger stations, take heart: you’ve got about 12 additional days to buy a Tesla vehicle and lock in a lifetime of unlimited charging. [More]

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Tesla Changes Autopilot Again, Restricts Driving To Posted Speed Limit On Some Roads

Tesla’s Autopilot has faced a slew of issues and controversies this year following the first fatal crash to occur while the semi-autonomous function was activated: from Germany asking the company to change the feature’s name to updates that included radar and driver enhancement safety checks. Now, the electric carmaker is making another change, rolling out an update that limits the vehicle to driving at the speed limit when on certain roads.  [More]

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Tesla Teases Michigan With New Look-But-Don’t-Buy Showroom At Nordstrom

Three months after Tesla sued the state of Michigan, challenging a law that says automakers can only sell through franchised dealerships, the electric carmaker has thrown caution to the wind and debuted a showroom inside a Nordstrom department store in the Detroit suburb of Troy.  [More]

Pressure Mounts For Tesla To Stop Using The Term “Autopilot”

Pressure Mounts For Tesla To Stop Using The Term “Autopilot”

What does the term “autopilot” mean to you? For many people, it applies to a machine that can steer itself with minimal human intervention, but for electric carmaker Tesla it’s a marketing term to describe a feature that is decidedly not hands-off — and which consumer safety advocates believe can cause potentially dangerous confusion.
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No More Free Ride: Tesla Will Charge For Supercharging On New Cars

No More Free Ride: Tesla Will Charge For Supercharging On New Cars

Tesla’s electric vehicles aren’t cheap, but for years drivers have been able to charge up their Teslas quickly and for free at thousands of free Tesla Supercharger stations. This morning, the company announced all that free Supercharging will soon come to an end, at least for new cars. [More]

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Tesla’s Future Fully Self-Driving Cars Won’t Be Allowed On Uber, Lyft Platforms

As you may have heard, Tesla recently announced it would begin making fully autonomous vehicles. But if your enterprising mind immediately began thinking of ways you could make money by using your future self-driving car, say, by providing rides through Uber or Lyft, without actually driving, we’ve got some bad news: the electric carmaker will only allow its vehicles to be used on its own ride-share network.  [More]

Tesla To Make New Cars Self-Driving, Won’t Actually Turn The System On

Tesla To Make New Cars Self-Driving, Won’t Actually Turn The System On

Tesla’s vehicles already come with Autopilot, a semi-autonomous, assisted steering feature that is not fully hands-off. But in the not so distant future, the electric carmaker plans to equip all of its cars with fully autonomous driving capabilities.  [More]

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Germany Asks Tesla To Rename “Misleading” Autopilot Feature

Two months ago, Tesla revised its website in China to make it more clear that the company’s Autopilot assisted-steering feature is not a fully hands-off autonomous driving function. Now, German authorities are calling on the electric vehicle maker to rethink the Autopilot name to avoid any confusion that could lead to dangerous collisions. [More]