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You can now summon your Tesla Model S with your Apple Watch

You can now summon your Tesla Model S with your Apple Watch

When Tesla announced firmware version 1.7 last month, which introduced the much anticipated "Summon" feature to the electric car, we knew it was only a matter of time before some enterprising developer plays around with the feature and takes it elsewhere. That time has indeed come and Allen Wong from Rego Apps has finally updated his famous, or infamous, Remote S Apple Watch app. And its new feature is as what you'd expect, allowing you to call your car from almost anywhere with a few taps on your wrist.

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Tesla ships 17,192 Model S, 208 Model X in Q4 2015

Tesla ships 17,192 Model S, 208 Model X in Q4 2015

With the turning of the year, Tesla is coming clean with the numbers of its electric vehicle delivers for the last quarter of last year and for 2015 in total. And while the car maker didn't exactly hit the high expectations it had set in February last year, which was 55,000, it does come close. For 2015, Tesla was able to ship a total of 50,580 vehicles. More than a fourth of that number came from the fourth quarter sales of the Model S sedan, amounting to more than 17,000. The Model X, on the other, only saw 208 sales before the year's end.

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Tesla recalls all Model S sold because of one single bolt

Tesla recalls all Model S sold because of one single bolt

Tesla decides to recall every single Model S vehicle due to a single, isolated incident regarding a seatbelt. One single customer, apparently, turned around to speak with a person in the back seat of their Tesla Model S vehicle, and a seatbelt bolt came undone. No-one was hurt, and the bolt was the sort that tightens the seatbelt in the event of an accident. Shaming recall calculators of other, larger companies, Tesla has decided to do a full recall of the vehicle.

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Tesla to limit Autopilot activation to stop crazy stunts

Tesla to limit Autopilot activation to stop crazy stunts

Autopilot features are being implemented not just for the sake of hi-tech fanciness but for safety reasons. In theory, taking humans and their error-prone judgment out of the equation would lead to safer roads and less accidents. As if proving how poor humans are at applying common sense, some videos have surfaced on the Internet using the Tesla Model S' new Autopilot features in ways it wasn't intended to handle just yet. As a consequence, CEO Elon Musk announced that they will be putting some restrictions to the feature soon.

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Tesla Autopilot gets green light for international rollout

Tesla Autopilot gets green light for international rollout

Owners of the Model S in countries outside the US need not feel jealous anymore. Tesla promised long ago that its autopilot features will also roll out to other countries once it has gained regulatory approval. Well, it just gained regulatory approval. Over at Twitter, CEO Elon Musk victoriously shared that the self-driving features can now be enjoyed in all other countries. Well, almost all other countries. In addition, he also announced a minor update already in the works for models receiving the autopilot features.

This is not yet that fabled full autonomous driving, a technology that Musk says is still three years or so in the making. Instead, the Autopilot feature is more focused on things like emergency automatic steering, automatic lane changing, and automatic lane parking. The feature set is meant more to assist rather than replace human drivers.

Tesla rolled out the features in the firmware 7 update last Thursday. That launch was mostly for US models of the Model S with a promise for an international roll out soon. That day has come for almost all country with the lone exception of Japan, where autopilot is still under review. Unlike many car makers, the firmware update can be downloaded directly via Wi-Fi or even cellular data, without the need to go through dealers.

Musk also announced version 1.01 of the Autopilot feature. It won't yet include the promised self-parking feature but is instead a laundry list of fixes for features including curve speed adaptation and controller smoothness. Most notable is the improved fleet learning. With the Autopilot feature, Model S cars are able to learn from each other, so eventually even poorly marked roads will be no problem for the cars. No timeline yet, however, on when the said update will roll out.

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Consumer Reports gives Tesla Model S reliability a thumbs down

Consumer Reports gives Tesla Model S reliability a thumbs down

After breaking ground and breaking Consumer Reports' scoring system, the Tesla Model S is now breaking its heart. Despite praise for being the best performing car the consumer-centric publication has ever tested, it cannot with a clear conscience give it its "Recommended" mark of approval. That is because, based on a survey of 1,400 owners of the electric vehicle, Consumer Reports determined that while the current Model S tops performance, it flunks in reliability, in some parts even faring worse than the 2013 and 2014 models.

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Tesla firmware 7 on Thursday, some autopilot features only

Tesla firmware 7 on Thursday, some autopilot features only

It seems that the earlier leaked firmware version 7 for Tesla's electric cars isn't that far away after all. A long time coming, since it has been available for weeks for a select number of testers, the software upgrade will bring the long awaited autopilot features to the Model S sedan as well as the Model X SUV. And all of that will start this coming Thursday. Sadly, not all advertised features will be landing this time around, with some of the more interesting self-driving capabilities reserved for a 7.1 update.

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Brabus takes their high-performance tuning to Tesla Model S

Brabus takes their high-performance tuning to Tesla Model S

Germany's high-performance auto tuning company Brabus has taken a small break from applying their craft to Mercedes' beastly sedans and decided to take a stab at Tesla's ever-more-popular Model S. In order to modify Tesla's most powerful model of the sedan, the P85D, Brabus went about creating a new arm of the company to focus on electric vehicles: Brabus Zero Emission (BZE). Since the Model S ships from Tesla with 772 horsepower, BZE recognized there's little point in trying to top it, so instead they've focused on the car's simple aesthetics.

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Tesla Model S P85D: so good it’s bad, breaks Consumer Reports

Tesla Model S P85D: so good it’s bad, breaks Consumer Reports

When you establish a rating standard to try to give all products a fair review, you usually set it up against an ideal perfect product. But what if you come across a product that actually surpasses that ideal? That was the predicament that Consumer Reports found itself in when it tried to grade Tesla's Model S P85D, the successor to an earlier Model S version. You see, the P85D was rated so good that it scored a 103, on a scale that shouldn't even go beyond 100.

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Tesla crowdsources EV charging stations through Airbnb

Tesla crowdsources EV charging stations through Airbnb

As environment-friendly and enticing electric cars may be, there will always be the fear of running out of juice in the middle of nowhere, which is probably worse than running out of gas considering the scarcity of EV charging stations. Tesla has tried to address that range anxiety with a network of Supercharger stations from coast to coast in the US. But that might not be enough. In order to help defray the cost of putting more Superchargers, Tesla has enlisted the help of Airbnb and its hosts to offer EV charging in their very homes.

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Tesla angers Model S owners with letters about Supercharger use

Tesla angers Model S owners with letters about Supercharger use

The Tesla Model S has the best driving range of any EV out there, but buyers interested in the car still have range anxiety to deal with on longer trips. To help alleviate this range anxiety, Tesla installed a series of fast charging stations that now spans coast-to-coast in the US that can quickly charge a Model S. Some Tesla owners have received a letter via email from Tesla designating them as frequent users of local Superchargers.

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