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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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Tesla Model S Ludicrous mode vs. Insane mode drag race

Tesla Model S Ludicrous mode vs. Insane mode drag race

The Tesla Model S is one of the most popular pure electric powered cars out there. As it turns out the car is also very fast and has left many incredibly expensive super cars in the dust in drag races. For instance, we have seen the Model S P85D dust a Lamborghini Aventador in a race. This time out we have two Model S cars squaring off in a race.

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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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Tesla’s Autopilot feature descends on some Model S testers

Tesla’s Autopilot feature descends on some Model S testers

Hinting that the feature might soon be released to the public, provided it doesn't hit a major snag, some Tesla Mode S beta testers are receiving a promised update that adds a bit of smarts to the already high-profile electric vehicle. While not exactly a fully autonomous feature unlike Google's self-driving car, Tesla's autopilot features do bring a touch of autonomy, if not assisted driving, to the mix, with a promise of an even more intelligent, self-learning software in the still undetermined future.

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Tesla to bring charging stations to Manhattan’s parking garages

Tesla to bring charging stations to Manhattan’s parking garages

Tesla is planning to address the problem owners of its all-electric Model S in Manhattan have in trying to find a place to charge in the congested city. According to the New York Times, the car company will be making an announcement later today detailing a partnership with some two dozen parking garages, equipping them with 240-volt chargers for Tesla vehicles. While the charging stations won't be as quick as the superchargers Tesla has built along highways, they will be much faster than plugging into a standard wall outlet.

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Tesla hacked: car can be shut down via connected laptop

Tesla hacked: car can be shut down via connected laptop

As the auto industry and security community is still reacting to the new about a Jeep Cherokee being hacked as it drove down the road, it comes as a surprise that Tesla, easily the most technology advanced vehicle the world has seen thus far, may have a similar vulnerability. At the ongoing hacking and security conference Def Con, researchers have revealed they were able to hack the all-electric, internet-connected Tesla Model S, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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Tesla software update with autosteer, parallel autopark almost ready

Tesla software update with autosteer, parallel autopark almost ready

Tesla owners who are eager for the next big software update for their electric vehicles may not have much longer to wait. The next update, expected to bring the software to version 7, will enable highway auto-steering functionality and automatic parallel parking, and is almost ready for release. This comes the CEO himself, Elon Musk, via several posts on Twitter early this morning. No firm release date was given, and there's still one last issue they need to prepare for, but if all goes well we should be downloading the new software soon.

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Tesla experimenting with a free car for referrals

Tesla experimenting with a free car for referrals

Tesla will soon begin a referral program for their electric vehicles instead of continuing to fight their up-hill battle with US car dealers. They'll continue to open new stores, for sure, but depending on how well this referral program goes, suggested CEO Elon Musk this week, perhaps not so many stores will be opened as originally planned. Word of mouth, after all, is one of Tesla's strongest tools for sales of vehicles, especially in states where sales through Tesla stores are not yet legal.

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Tesla’s Hot Wheels Model S will cost you $1

Tesla’s Hot Wheels Model S will cost you $1

Mattel's miniature toy car brand Hot Wheels has revealed the Tesla Model S. This is just one of several models shown off this week as brands like Chevrolet take to the showroom floor with a new set of vehicles just a couple of weeks before SDCC. While one doesn't necessarily have to do with the other, it's a perfect time to get in before the crushing blow of the nerd news comes down - and these models will be sold at the convention, too, so there's that.

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