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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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Self-driving cars could save $450bn a year and 90% injuries says thinktank

Self-driving cars could save $450bn a year and 90% injuries says thinktank

Self-driving cars could cut crash and road injury rates by 90-percent and save the US economy by around $450bn each year, a new thinktank report suggests, though the technology risks being hamstrung by expensive components and a "disparate patchwork" of regulations. The independent research by the Eno Center for Transportation into autonomous vehicles such as Google's self-driving cars and similar projects from Nissan, Toyota, Mercedes and others argues that, since driver error is calculated to be the primary reason behind more than 90-percent of crashes, removing humans from their responsibility behind the wheel could save a huge amount of lives and money.

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Toyota to exhibit Automated Highway Driving Assist system next week

Toyota to exhibit Automated Highway Driving Assist system next week

Although a number of companies, which include Google, are setting their eyes forward to the future with fully or partially self-driving automobiles, car manufacturers still have their feet planted firmly on the ground of present-day concerns, which, of course, includes road safety. Responding to the need for safer driving and car technologies, Toyota has developed a system that brings the dream of an automated driving assistance of the future to answer the problems of today.

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