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Tencent security lab says Tesla Model S is easily hacked

Tencent security lab says Tesla Model S is easily hacked

Along with the promise of hi-tech features like full or semi autonomous driving, modern cars that sport all kinds of sensors, connectivity features, and remote controls have also brought concerns about security and safety. In particularly, cars that can be controlled remotely have become the target of many researchers’ hacking attempts. Such was the case with the Tesla Model S and Tencent’s Keen Security Lab, revealing how it was possible to manipulate the electric car from a distance, whether it’s parked or even while it’s moving.

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Tesla test drive world tour offers a taste of EV ownership

Tesla test drive world tour offers a taste of EV ownership

This morning Tesla has announced "The Electric Road Trip", three months of the company meeting with communities around the world. This tour will have the company finding enthusiasts and green energy users - and what we must imagine Tesla is hoping will be new customers - in dozens of cities around the globe. They'll be making stops at what they describe as "many of our Destination Charging partner locations" inside the United States.

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Amazon Alexa learns to summon a Tesla Model S

Amazon Alexa learns to summon a Tesla Model S

The autonomous driving features in the Tesla Model S have allowed the car to be summoned from its parking space for several months now, first via the keyfob, and then with an unofficial Apple Watch app. But now it's time to let another device do the summoning for you — like Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant in the Echo connected speaker. That's exactly what developer Jason Goecke has done, allowing him to tell his car to pull out of the garage with voice commands.

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Tesla offers a free month to try out autopilot features

Tesla offers a free month to try out autopilot features

The age of trialware and DLCs has finally arrived for cars. Although firmware updates delivered wirelessly aren't totally new now, especially for Tesla Model S and Model X owners, the idea of trial updates might still be an amusing development. That, however, is exactly what Tesla is doing when it started informing owners of its two production vehicles that they can try Tesla's autopilot features for a whole month for free. And after the month, Tesla will send instructions on how to make that permanent.

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Tesla Model S sedans to finally race each other in new EV series

Tesla Model S sedans to finally race each other in new EV series

Tesla's high-tech, all-electric Model S is finally going to see some racing action beyond the quick starts drivers pull off at traffic lights. The company Electric GT Holdings has announced the creation of the Electric GT World Series, an all-electric racing series that will be the first to feature zero-emissions cars based on standard consumer vehicles. The first race in the championship will be held as early as 2017, with each car being a near-production version of the Tesla Model S P85+.

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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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