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Airplane phone calls still facing ban as DOT chief voices concerns

Airplane phone calls still facing ban as DOT chief voices concerns

The chance of being able to make voice calls on planes is looking increasingly slim, with the Department of Transportation chief weighing in with his own concerns that in-air chatterboxes may not be in anybody's best interest. The DOT's stance is an important one, following an FCC vote discarding a technical ban on voice calls recently; the Department's role, Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement, is not only based on technical issues, however, but whether "allowing these calls is fair to consumers."

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Cellphone calls on planes under consideration by FCC

Cellphone calls on planes under consideration by FCC

Rules preventing in flight use of cellphones to make voice calls and access data services may be overturned, the FCC has hinted, with the federal commission proposing changes to policies it describes as "outdated and restrictive." The loosening of cellular services - which could include making voice calls while in the air - will be discussed at a December 12th meeting, the FCC confirmed; according to sources at the commission, planes themselves will effectively be turned into mobile base-stations, thus avoiding any potential interference with ground-based antennas.

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Tesla puts out media fire with safety facts, upgrades, warranty extension

Tesla puts out media fire with safety facts, upgrades, warranty extension

Tesla head Elon Musk has posted a missive to us in the media, who have as a group led consumers to believe the electronic vehicle brand is more fire-prone than gas-powered vehicles. The facts support Musk's claims that Tesla is far and away the safest car brand on the road today. Yet the company is taking matters further by pushing over-the-air software upgrades to the Tesla suspension system and a warranty extension covering fire damage even when the accident is the driver's fault.

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Tesla plant incident injures 3 but unconnected with Model S fire furore

Tesla plant incident injures 3 but unconnected with Model S fire furore

A incident at Tesla's Fremont, CA. factory has left three employees injured, the car company has confirmed today. Reports of an explosion were first made by NBC Bay Area, but downplayed by emergency services called to the scene, with a Fremont Fire Department spokesperson blaming "pressurized equipment that they use at the plant" but insisting that "there was no fire - no explosion."

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Third Tesla fire prompts battery safety inquiry demands

Third Tesla fire prompts battery safety inquiry demands

A third fire involving Tesla's Model S has prompted renewed calls for a full investigation into the electric car's safety, after the award-winning EV caught alight following a crash earlier this week. The incident, in Smyrna, Tennessee, saw the Model S hit a tow hitch in the middle of a lane on the highway, a spokesperson from Highway Patrol told Bloomberg, in the process "damaging the car’s undercarriage and causing the fire."

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Jeep recall over fire hazard being delayed for reasons unknown

Jeep recall over fire hazard being delayed for reasons unknown

Earlier this year, Chrysler agreed to recall over a million Jeeps due to a fire hazard that has, to date, claimed a few dozen lives. Such a recall came after the auto maker originally rejected a recall proposal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, having stated at that time that the pegged vehicles were "safe and not defective." For reasons unknown, the recall has not taken place despite several months having passed.

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