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NHTSA Concerned About GM’s Super Cruise Stopping Plan

Regulators worried stopping vehicle could cause additional problems.

by on Nov.29, 2016

General Motors Staff Researcher Dr. Jeremy Salinger road tests a Cadillac using the semi-autonomous Super Cruise technology.

The concerns U.S. regulators have about the implementation of semi-autonomous or autonomous vehicles appears to be growing as safety officials really dig into the inner workings of these new technological marvels.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently urged General Motors to exercise caution in the implementation of its Super Cruise semi-autonomous system, specifically the fact that the system will slowly bring the car to a full stop if it senses the driver is sleeping, incapacitated or simply not paying attention.

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NHTSA confirms the automaker’s plan to bring the car to a stop and activate the vehicle’s hazard lights if the driver is inattentive or unresponsive is compliant with federal automotive standards. However, it is also concerned the flashing lights could be misinterpreted by other drivers creating a more serious safety issue. (more…)

Tesla Shareholders Approve $2.6B Buyout of SolarCity

Some shareholders file suit trying to block acquisition.

by on Nov.18, 2016

Tesla CEO Elon Musk told shareholders their "faith will be rewarded" for approving the SolarCity acquisition.

In Elon we trust.

At least that’s what Tesla shareholders appear to be saying after approving the $2.6 billion acquisition of Musk’s SolarCity Corp. by a more than three-to-one vote.

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“I think your faith will be rewarded,” Musk told shareholders. (more…)

Musk Likely to Face Pressure from Trump Administration

New president's focus on old guard fuels likely to hinder EV guru's companies.

by on Nov.10, 2016

The Tesla Model X earned an award in Germany, but Elon Musk and his company's may not feel so welcome in the U.S. with the next administration.

The Tesla Model X has been honored with Germany’s “Golden Steering Wheel,” one of the automotive world’s most prestigious awards, which has rarely gone to an American vehicle.

The EV maker may want to bask in the friendly glow of the European honor because back home a new and unsympathetic administration in Washington D.C. is moving into the White House.

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Elon Musk, Tesla founder and chief executive officer, has been targeted by Breitbart, the conservative alternative new site favored by President-elect Donald Trump. In the past, Breitbart has criticized Musk for accepting large grants from the federal government. (more…)

Tesla Will Now Charge to Supercharge

Maker also announced purchase of German engineering firm to help boost production capacity.

by on Nov.08, 2016

A Tesla Supercharger station in Hawthorn, CA.

There’s no such thing as a free lunch – or free energy, it seems. Tesla Motors plans to stop offering unlimited use of its cross-continent network of high-speed Superchargers to anyone who buys one of its vehicles after January 1, 2017.

The system, which currently includes 734 chargers worldwide, most in the U.S. and Canada, allows motorists to travel long distances without range anxiety. Until now, they have been open to any Tesla owner at no charge. The battery-carmaker hasn’t said what it will now charge new buyers but claims it will “cost less than the price of filling up a comparable gas car.”

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Tesla had already signaled it would not include free charging for buyers of the Model 3, which is expected to go into production during the second half of 2017. The company says it now has more than 300,000 advance registrations on the books. And to help ensure it meets the aggressive production ramp-up outlined by CEO Elon Musk last March, Tesla is now buying Grohmann Engineering, a German firm that develops automated manufacturing systems for batteries.

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Feds Launch Alt-Fuel Highway Network

Corridors will cover 25,000 miles, 55 routes in 35 states.

by on Nov.04, 2016

The new project should make it much easier for owners to find places to charge up on the road.

With the upcoming launch of longer-range, more affordable electric vehicles the auto industry is taking several critical steps towards making alternative power mainstream, but range anxiety isn’t yet a thing of the past.

Now, the federal government is taking steps to address the other big problem: a lack of places to charge electric vehicles. The plan announced by the Obama Administration will include 55 different interstates, covering 25,000 miles of highway in 35 states. Add in efforts to boost the availability of natural gas and other alternative fuels and the network grows to 85,000 miles of roadway.

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“Alternative fuels and electric vehicles will play an integral part in the future of America’s transportation system,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We have a duty to help drivers identify routes that will help them refuel and recharge those vehicles and designating these corridors on our highways is a first step.”

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Qualcomm Pays $38B to Get into Autonomous Vehicle Game

Allure of self-driving vehicles bringing about new deals.

by on Oct.27, 2016

The deals to get to the top of the autonomous vehicle market are picking up with Qualcomm's $38 billion deal with NXP following others like, GM's investment in Lyft.

Automakers have been scrambling to gain an edge over one another to bring the first viable autonomous vehicle to the market. Already tough competition has been made more difficult with tech behemoths like Google and, potentially, Apple in the fray.

Add in Qualcomm now after its announcement that it agreed to acquire NXP Semiconductors for about $38 billion. NXP owns about 14% of automotive semiconductor sales globally and those semiconductors are crucial to the advent of the self-driving car.

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“With innovation and invention at our core, Qualcomm has played a critical role in driving the evolution of the mobile industry,” Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said in a statement. (more…)

Tesla Delivers Unexpected Profit

Shares surge, though not everyone is convinced.

by on Oct.26, 2016

Tesla overcame quality problems enough to boost production and crawl into the black during Q3.

Long struggling in the red, Tesla Motors delivered a surprise profit, the maker delivering more cars than expected for the third quarter, after a shortfall during the first half of the year.

The black ink, a total of $22 million, or $0.14 a share, was a much-needed boost for a carmaker struggling to launch its first mainstream product next year. The announcement came just days after Tesla took a sharp hit from influential Consumer Reports magazine, which declared the California carmaker suffers from serious quality and reliability issues.

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The black ink sent shares of Tesla soaring after months of weak performance to $211.83 a share. But not all observers were convinced the company had achieved a long-sought breakthrough.

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More Trouble for Tesla: Consumer Reports Trashes Reliability

Model X rated “sixth least reliable vehicle” in latest owner study.

by on Oct.25, 2016

Tesla's Model X has had a series of major quality problems, especially with the falcon doors.

Already facing growing concerns about quality issues with its newest electric vehicle, the Model X SUV, Tesla Motors was hammered by influential Consumer Reports magazine this week, the non-profit publication ranking the California carmaker 25th of 29 brands in its annual automotive reliability study.

It wasn’t all bad news. After faring poorly in the 2015 auto survey, CR said the Tesla Model S actually had “improved reliability.” But the newer Model X “has a long way to go,” with a variety of issues including balky falcon wing doors, locks, latches and other systems.

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The Model X is “the sixth least reliable vehicle in our survey, and there are some monumental challenges with that vehicle,” Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ director of automotive testing, said during an appearance before the Detroit Automotive Press Association. “It’s unclear,” he added, “whether they will get the ‘falcon wing’ doors right ever.”

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Tesla’s Musk Claims Autonomous Car Critics Are “Killing People”

Too much attention to crashes scares off the public, CEO claims.

by on Oct.20, 2016

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the media is complicit in the 1.2 million global traffic deaths each year because it writes stories about autonomous vehicle crashes.

Critics of self-driving cars may be “killing people” by building consumer resistance to the technology, said Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk.

Proponents of autonomous vehicles – including not only Musk but also U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx – contend the technology could eventually result in the elimination of most, perhaps all, highway deaths. But early prototypes, as well as vehicles equipped with semi-autonomous systems, have been involved in a number of crashes, including a May 9 accident in Florida in a Tesla Model S that resulted in the death of a former Navy SEAL.

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Nonetheless, the South African-born Tesla founder, said that reporting on such events is counterproductive because when, “you write an article that effectively dissuades people from using an autonomous car, you’re killing people.” (more…)

Tesla Wins Race to Full Autonomy

Musk declines to speculate on regulatory approvals.

by on Oct.20, 2016

All Tesla models going forward will be capable of fully autonomous driving once regulatory approvals happen.

The race to be the first automaker to produce a fully autonomous vehicle is over … according to Tesla’s Elon Musk anyway.

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Effective immediately, all Teslas rolling off the production line are being equipped to be fully self-driving, including the maker’s first entry-level sedan, the Model 3, when it goes into production late next year, the CEO noted. (more…)