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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…)

Surprise! All New Tesla Models Fully Autonomous

Musk says all models equipped for Level 5 autonomy.

by on Oct.19, 2016

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced tonight that going forward all Tesla models will be capable of Level 5 autonomous driving.

Tesla’s Elon Musk announced tonight that all of the company’s vehicles going forward will be equipped to be fully autonomous, including its mass-market car, the Model 3, when it debuts late in 2017.

Musk, who delayed the announcement by two days, said the vehicles are Level 5 autonomy capable, which means they are capable of dealing with all environments and traffic conditions. The new vehicles now utilize eight cameras providing 360-degree coverage around the car.

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He believes that the safety level of the fully autonomous vehicle is “twice that of a person, maybe better,” he said during a late evening conference call. “I think that it’s unexpected by most people.” (more…)

Tesla Warns of Slow Model 3 Deliveries.

Bad news for Tesla could be good news for Chevrolet’s new Bolt.

by on Oct.19, 2016

Tesla still hopes to have the first Model 3 sedans in production during the 2nd half of 2017.

Looking to buy one of Tesla’s new Model 3 battery-cars? You can look for a long wait.

Those who put in an early reservation for the carmaker’s first mainstream model might yet get a Model 3 delivered before the end of next year, Tesla now says more recent orders won’t be fulfilled until 2018. And some analysts questions whether the company will even meet that goal, considering its history of missing targets with new products.

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That could be good news for Chevrolet, however. The Detroit maker expects to start delivering the first of its own affordable, long-range electric vehicles before year-end, and battery supplier LG Chem said this week that it believes there will be demand for as many as 30,000 Chevy Bolt EVs in 2017.


Tesla Delays “Unexpected” News, but Announces Solar Cell Deal with Panasonic

“Needs a few more days of refinement,” tweets CEO Musk.

by on Oct.17, 2016

Panasonic claims to make the world's most efficient rooftop solar cells.

Those who were hoping for a big announcement from Tesla Motors are going to have to wait a couple more days, according to CEO Elon Musk, though the Silicon Valley-based electric car company did have some significant news to report on Monday.

Tesla says it will expand its alliance with Japanese electronics giant Panasonic to start producing solar cells. That could be a major development for SolarCity, the solar panel company Tesla recently said it will acquire. Panasonic already produces batteries for Tesla’s electric vehicles and is a major partner in the massive Gigafactory battery plant being erected in Reno, Nevada.

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Tesla’s Musk had hinted earlier this month that the company would make an “unexpected” product announcement on October 17th, but in an overnight tweet, the South African-born entrepreneur said the project “needs a few more days of refinement,” and won’t be revealed until Wednesday.


Musk’s Big Plans for Tesla Need Big Money – Maybe $12.5B

Founder dispels notion company needs billions in a tweet.

by on Oct.14, 2016

CEO Elon Musk disputes the notion the company will need to raise billions of dollars.

As the latest product news from EV-maker Tesla looms, it’s the money the company will need – with estimates ranging from nothing to $12.5 billion – to meet all of its obligations that seems to be garnering all the attention.

Analysts have been furiously scouring the company’s SEC filings and looking for other clues to see what Tesla will need to spend to bring out new models, complete the acquisition of SolarCity and expand its other operations.

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Additionally, Elon Musk, the company’s founder and CEO, added more to the equation with a recent tweet alerting followers about a new product announcement on Oct. 17. (more…)

Tesla Set to Reveal “Unexpected” New Product

Musk also says there is no need to raise more cash.

by on Oct.10, 2016

Tesla CEO Elon Musk with an image of the troublesome Model X which missed production targets, is unveiling a new product on Oct. 17.

Even as it moves forward on the development of its first mainstream product, the Model 3 sedan, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk says the battery-carmaker will lift the covers on an all-new product on Oct. 17.

Musk, a savvy user of social media, suggested in a Monday morning tweet that the new battery-electric vehicle will be “unexpected by most,” but offered no other clues as to what is in store.

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In recent months, Musk has dropped a variety of hints, along with broader indications, as to what he would like to see in the Tesla line-up in the years ahead. That includes a crossover-utility vehicle to complement the downsized Model 3, and even a battery-electric pickup. The Tesla founder has already confirmed that an all-new version of Tesla’s original product line, the Roadster, is in the works. (more…)

Tesla Deliveries Surge 70% in Q3

Upturn after EV maker’s first-half sales shortfall.

by on Oct.03, 2016

The Tesla Model X launch has been a thorn in the company's side, production still a challenge.

Tesla Motors saw third-quarter deliveries of its Models S and X battery-electric vehicles surge 70% during the third quarter, a significant improvement over recent quarters that saw the California-based manufacturer fall short of its targets.

Tesla also said that it expects deliveries during the fourth quarter to come in “at or slightly above” the July to September numbers, something that would put the maker on a path to rolling out more than 2,000 of the battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, each week for the rest of the year.

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In turn, company officials have indicated that could translate into a profit for the maker – using non-standard accounting procedures – after some recent, heavy losses.


Tesla Sues to Sell Cars in Michigan

EV maker names governor and attorney general in suit.

by on Sep.22, 2016

Tesla is suing to sell its vehicles, perhaps in a Nordstrom's location, in the State of Michigan.

In a move that came as a surprise to no one, Tesla Motors filed suit against several government officials in Michigan trying to sell its electric vehicles in the Great Lakes State.

The California-based EV maker’s suit named Gov. Rick Snyder, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Attorney General Bill Schuette as defendants. State law requires automakers to use a dealer network to sell vehicles. Tesla acts as its own dealer network.

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Snyder declined comment on the suit. The company operates in 23 states in the U.S., and in some of those, unleashed its legal team to gain access to those markets. So the maneuver in Michigan wasn’t unexpected. (more…)

Tesla Updates Software After Chinese Hackers Take Control of Model S

Researchers take complete control of vehicle from up to 12 miles away.

by on Sep.21, 2016

Chinese researchers take control of a Model S, even remotely popping open its rear hatch.

Tesla has issued an urgent update to the software controlling virtually aspect of its high-tech battery-electric vehicles, a move triggered by reports that a Chinese security team had managed to hack into the Model S sedan’s control system.

Researchers from Keen Security Lab were able to take remote control of the vehicle from distances of up to 12 miles. They were able to take control of functions such as the vehicle’s brakes and windshield wipers.

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The news only adds to growing concerns about automotive cybersecurity at a time when the industry is in the midst of what some are calling a “transportation revolution.” Just this week, federal regulators issued the first national guidelines for the development of autonomous and even more advanced driverless vehicles. Some observers fear hackers could make such vehicles a target for criminal efforts and even for terrorist activities.